Coming off of the heel’s of last year’s NCAA probe by the FBI, succeeded by the formation of the Commission on College Basketball led by Condoleezza Rice, the NCAA has just made known the first of many steps in its plan of action to rectify the flaws within college basketball. The wide sweeping changes now will affect the likes of students, school officials and even the athletic recruiting calendar.
The NCAA Board of Governors and DI Board of Directors adopted a series of significant policy and legislative changes.
— NCAA (@NCAA) August 8, 2018
Players who received an evaluation from the Undergraduate Advisory Council who elect to enter the NBA Draft, but go undrafted now have the option to return to school so long as they make their intentions known by 5 p.m. the following Monday after the draft. Upon the player’s return to school, the university must pay tuition fees and books for said player.
Agents certified by the NCAA will now have the freedom to have relationships with college players of interest that are deemed “elite” by USA Basketball. However, the NBA age limit rule prevents high school players to have any interaction with agents still.
Nowhere in this rule do you mention that this change is pending the NBA age limit being abolished. No reasonable person interpreted this any other way. Either your lawyers wrote this poorly, or you flat out tried to mislead the public. https://t.co/GvDpAz1DGB
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 8, 2018
School Officials such as presidents, chancellors and athletic staff will now be contractually responsible for their athletic department’s compliance with NCAA rules as well as their own compliance with NCAA investigations. Harsher penalties such as post season bans up to five years for universities and year-long suspensions for coaches found in violation of NCAA rules are now in play as well.
NCAA Officials will now be able to use outside investigations as a resource in their own investigations which will go into effect immediately.
Recruiting changes now consist of a four-day recruiting period in April and coaches being allowed to attend the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp and events in the last two weeks of June provided approval from National High School Federations.
Apparel Companies providing an athletic-related income over $600 must have their involvement with the team reported to the university president by the team’s head coach/staff.
There remains doubt among many involved with college basketball as to whether the NCAA can legislate cheating out of their ranks, but all that can be done at this point is wait and see who will be affected by these new rules. The elephant in the room still is the amateur label much of the improper conduct in the NCAA stems from, but like the other issues, this will have to be dealt with on a more serious note at some point. As of August 1, the majority of the new rules have gone into effect, with the last remaining rules set to become active in 2019.