Slow clap to the NCAA for inching some rules toward the realities of college basketball.
The Indianapolis-based governing body for college sports announced Wednesday that its Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors had adopted a "series of significant policy and legislative changes" as part of an effort to "fundamentally" change the NCAA's structure. That player that is not selected would have to inform their schools by 5 p.m. the following Monday after the NBA Draft takes place.
The agents can cover minimal costs, such as meals and travel expenses related to gauging interest in professional opportunities. Those select players can be represented by an agent beginning July 1 before their senior year in high school, pending the end to the one-and-done rule. Under the rule, agents representing these athletes must be certified by the NCAA.
University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules.
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Division I schools are now also bound to pay for tuition, fees and books for those players who left school and later returned to earn their degree, provided the player was on scholarship, fewer than 10 years have passed since leaving school and the player had been enrolled in the school for at least two years. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 draft as the earliest date for that change to go into effect.
Kids talented enough to play for the top programs - the Power 5 schools, plus the Villanovas, Gonzagas, etc. - are there to audition for the National Basketball Association.
The changes did not address several logistical issues. Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president for basketball, said event operators will have to "meet a much higher bar in order to be able to run those events". "Those who break rules face stronger penalties, including longer postseason bans, longer head coach suspensions, increased recruiting restrictions and additional fines". "Also, schools are required to cooperate fully during NCAA investigations and take appropriate corrective action". Agents often get a bad rap as pragmatists and manipulators; they serve a necessary and appropriate role in this process.