NCAA rule changes in response to historic college sports scandal

Last year the FBI exposed possibly the biggest scandal in the history of the college sports and the NCAA responded by forming a commission to set new rules. Less than a week ago, these rules were released.

While they give the best basketball players more options, they do little to address the illegal practices that created the scandal in the first place.

“These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interest of student-athletes over every other factor,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.

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Two of the most-talked-about revisions include allowing undrafted college players to return to school if they were invited to the combine but did not get drafted. Only a handful of players fall into this category.

Also, the NCAA is allowing elite high school players and any college player to be represented by an agent that has been cleared by the NCAA. The designation of “elite” will be made by the NCAA.

There are also some changes in the NCAA’s investigative policies, including using outside information to help with cases that NCAA investigators can’t resolve themselves. Suspensions and postseason bans are lengthened for rule-breakers.

the rules don’t help the black market go-around

The NCAA commission was formed to address problems highlighted by an FBI investigation in which money was being illegally funneled to recruit athletes or secure agent deals, among other things. Geek out on it here. This “black market” is a go-around for the NCAA’s rules that preclude athletes any legal means for compensation.

In the past, NCAA President Mark Emmert has seemed supportive of change that included a compensation plan for athletes.

Should the NCAA allow college athletes to earn money for their talent? Check out the debate.

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