NCAA's new proposed rules blindside NBA, USA Basketball officials

NCAA's new proposed rules blindside NBA, USA Basketball officials

NCAA's new proposed rules blindside NBA, USA Basketball officials

Slow clap to the NCAA for inching some rules toward the realities of college basketball. The NCAA also states that "Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition, fees and books for basketball players who leave school and return later to the same school to earn their degree".

Following recommendations issued in April from the Commission on College Basketball, the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors announced Wednesday major changes set to be implemented.

In the past, if a college basketball player declared for the draft, they had until 10 days after the draft combine to return to school.

Agents would be allowed to cover minimal expenses such as meals and transportation associated with meetings or workouts with pro teams, but that could be complicated.

Elite prospects like Scottie Lewis of Ranney (N.J.) may represented by agents while still in high school in the near future.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony was trying to get to the bottom of the rule changes, and he initially noted some confusion about what was going on.

College players also will be allowed to form relationships with NCAA-certified agents if they request an evaluation from the undergraduate advisory committee.

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules. However, athletes can only officially visit a school once per year. This change depends on cooperation with the NBA and NBA Players Association.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year.

That agreement must end if the player returns to school. 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". The NCAA is establishing a fund to assist schools in this endeavor. The new rules also allow for heavier punishments, like longer head coach suspensions and stronger fines. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations. It's on us to restore the integrity of college basketball and continue to improve the interests of all student-athletes.

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