Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment The Commission on College Basketball recommended an end to the one-and-done rule, potential lifetime bans for rule-breakers and changes to the relationship between the NCAA and apparel companies. "We need to put the college back in college basketball," commission chairman and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday at a news conference in Indianapolis after the independent panel released a detailed 60-page report. "Our focus has been to strengthen the collegiate model -- not to move toward one that brings aspects of professionalism into the game," Rice added. NCAA president Mark Emmert has said he wants reforms in place by August. "The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball," Emmert said in a statement. "The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission's recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps." The 12-member commission was formed in the wake of last fall's FBI investigation into corruption and fraud in college basketball and recruiting. Ten people were arrested in September, including officials at Adidas and assistant coaches at Arizona, Oklahoma State, USC and Auburn. NC State and Kansas were mentioned in more recent court documents. Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino also lost his job as a result of the probe, with the Cardinals allegedly paying $100,000 to the family of five-star recruit Brian Bowen to sign with the school. The committee's report called the environment surrounding college basketball "a toxic mix of perverse incentives to cheat," and said that responsibility for the current mess goes all the way up to university presidents. Ending one-and-done is the biggest change suggested by the commission, even though it's an NBA rule -- which Rice pointed out. The commission wants 18-year olds to again be eligible for the NBA draft, allowing a path to the pros directly out of high school. The rule was implemented in 2006 despite the success of straight-from-high-school stars such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett. The most significant thing is that the dialogue has been opened up," committee member and Hall of Famer David Robinson told ESPN's Get Up on Wednesday. "All these different constituents [NBA, apparel companies, NCAA, coaches, administrators] ... came to the table to discuss some of these matters, which were in silos before. It opened up a tremendous dialogue. "I think we all agree we have to do what's in the best interests of these kids. We have to give them options, open up their eyes to the reality of the situation: 'What percent of you are going to play in the pros?' The rest of them need an education. That is what's going to be the real value here -- going to college. Not so you can skip through college and get to the NBA as quickly as possible." If a change is not made to one-and-done, Rice said the commission will look into options, such as making freshmen ineligible or locking a scholarship for three or four years if the recipient leaves a program after one year.
Commission on College Basketball calls for sweeping reforms by NCAA
ESPN | Apr 25