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NCAA basketball corruption: Condoleezza Rice-led panel outlines reforms

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The BIG EAST conference suggested going to college for two-years before entering the NBA Draft

Self, who this past school year served as president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Board of Directors said: "I, like everyone else involved in our sport, looked forward to hearing the commission's recommendations on how to help college basketball".

Not surprisingly, they like the idea that athletes can get a college education by playing ball.

I don't see anything wrong with this suggestion, and it wouldn't change the game much at all and certainly wouldn't change things for Rick Barnes and Tennessee. And they have no desire to actually upend a system that - by their own report - is so flawed that it may implode at any moment.

Fans tell WKYT that they are in favor of policies that clean up the corruption in college basketball, and are watching the NCAA closely to see what comes of this report.

"Hopefully we can get to a point where we don't have the frustration that we do have in our business", Roth said. No longer would an athlete have to be at least 19 and one year removed from high school to be draft-eligible.

The commission acknowledged that the corruption it sought to eliminate arose in part due to the substantial money players generate for high school teams, agents, managers, college teams, coaches and shoe companies and how it conflicts with NCAA rules that prohibit players from taking money beyond scholarships and related costs of attending school.

But while the probe headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claims it wants actual reform, the proposals do little other than maintain the status quo. "We believe there's a lot of work to do in that regard".

The commission believes the so-called "one-and-done" era has contributed to college basketball's problems and wants the draft age lowered in 2018.

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WHY IT COULD WORK: The certification process would allow the NCAA to keep a closer eye on the operations of AAU teams and coaches, who often hold more sway with players than high school coaches. The stipulation of this rule is, that if a player chooses to return, it must be at the same school where they left.

- Work with U.S. basketball and the NBA to create NCAA-run recruiting events in the summer.

By contrast, the NCAA tries to maximize the money-making potential of college sports through such actions as contracts with apparel companies and television rights contracts, Bilas said.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Money, and its corresponding issues, is still threatening to ruin college basketball.

Now that we've established a baseline, the problem is finding a way to fix it under the umbrella of the current system. Its intent is to help reform a sport badly in need of fixing in the midst of the still-evolving bribery and kickback scandal that touched down like lightning strikes across the college game. Core penalties should be increased to allow 1) Five-year postseason ban for Level I violations; 2) loss of all revenue sharing in post-season play for the entire ban; 3) lifetime bans for a show-cause order; 4) allow bans of more than one season for head coach violations; 5) increase penalties to allow full-year visit bans for recruiting visit violations. And the idea that the NCAA investigative and enforcement division should be farmed out is a good one, if only because the bumbling gumshoes now in place are both clueless and powerless. The big schools don't agree on much with the smaller schools, and the multimillion dollar contracts majority have with the shoe companies ensure that won't change.

Rice said they had to be bold because throughout the investigation, too many times they kept hearing that everyone knew what was going on.

The only problem is that the National Basketball Association benefits from one-and-done players. Nimitz decides to do it his way, sending his fleet to Midway to confront an approaching Japanese task force in what would prove to be one of the most decisive battles of World War II. Yes, they came up with a handful of good ideas which will get some debate and shift the attention away from the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

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