Earlier today, NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that that national office would be creating a commission on college basketball to begin taking a serious look at the issues plaguing the sport and recommending significant changes to cure those ills. The committee will be populated by several high-level higher education and college athletics administrators, former NBA and NCAA athletes, former college basketball head coaches as well as a plethora of former government officials, including Condoleeza Rice. The group will focus on three primary areas (listed below) beginning in November with aspirations to present changes to the current college basketball model at the DI Council meeting in April 2018.
Here is a link to the Commission’s charge and composition.
Areas of Focus
- The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities, including:
- Apparel companies and other commercial entities, to establish an environment where they can support programs in a transparent way, but not become an inappropriate or distorting influence on the game, recruits or their families.
- Nonscholastic basketball, with a focus on the appropriate involvement of college coaches and others.
- Agents or advisors, with an emphasis on how students and their families can get legitimate advice without being taken advantage of, defrauded or risk their NCAA eligibility.
- The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA, and the challenging effect the NBA’s so-called “one and done” rule has had on college basketball, including how the NCAA can change its own eligibility rules to address that dynamic.
- Creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability. The commission will be asked to evaluate whether the appropriate degree of authority is vested in the current enforcement and eligibility processes, and whether the collaborative model provides the investigative tools, cultural incentives and structures to ensure exploitation and corruption cannot hide in college sports.