NCAA announces major rule changes coming to college basketball

Hope Soto
August 9, 2018

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However, the agents must be certified by the NCAA.

The NCAA will also limit the kinds of "basketball-related events" high school athletes can go to, allowing only ones that the NCAA can vet.

The NCAA will now allow "elite" high school and college players to be represented by an agent, while also allowing players to return to school if not selected in the NBA Draft. College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 National Basketball Association draft as the earliest.

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The NCAA unveiled several rule changes Wednesday, in hopes of eradicating - or more realistically, reducing - the significant amount of corruption, which recently stained the sport and was exposed a year ago through an FBI investigation. Previously, players who hired an agent lost their eligibility.

The Rice Commission, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in response to an FBI investigation into payments from shoe companies to coaches for steering players to certain schools.

In addition to recruiting calendar changes and increases to the number of official visits recruits can make to schools, the NCAA has developed a form of subpoena power it previously lacked, requiring all school presidents, chancellors and athletic department members to contractually comply with all investigations. The new rules also allow for heavier punishments, like longer head coach suspensions and stronger fines. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations.

The process to adopt recommendations for NCAA reforms from the Rice Commission was a swift one by the governing body's standards.

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