The NCAA has been scrutinized for its stubborn and antiquated rules for as long as I’ve been following college sports. In a bombshell announcement made Wednesday, the NCAA announced several policy changes that will change the landscape of college basketball.
The announcement, which comes following the ongoing FBI Investigation into several A-list college basketball programs, includes the following provisions:
- Elite high school basketball recruits and college players can be represented by an agent who can help them make more informed decisions about going pro.
- Agents must be certified by an NCAA program with standards for behavior and consequences for violations.
- Student-athletes will be able to participate in the NBA Draft and return to school if undrafted, pending future action from the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Currently, college athletes who are interested in going pro can declare for the draft and attend the NBA combine, but must withdraw no more than 10 days after the combine to stay eligible.
Who knows what constitutes an “elite high school basketball recruit,” but ESPN’s Jeff Goodman thinks that USA Basketball would make the call.
Some people think that this is a step in the right direction for the NCAA, as letting undrafted athletes come back for a degree is inarguably positive.
Others think that this is just another NCAA money grab, seeing as agents have to be “certified by the NCAA,” yet another opportunity for corruption.
Adding agents will bolster shoe money, and provide a kickback to the NCAA.
The glass-half-empty fan will claim that the only thing this accomplishes is adding high schoolers to the free NCAA labor pool.
Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox is one of those people.
The rules have only been enacted for basketball. The football landscape remains unchanged.
This rule change will provide a legal avenue for changes to be made in football as well.
What do you guys think: is this an all-around good for college sports?
[h/t Larry Brown Sports]