Commission on College Basketball calls for sweeping reforms

Report: End '1-and-done,' enact harsher penalties

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The Commission on College Basketball called for sweeping reforms Wednesday morning, including ending the "one-and-done" rule and implementing potential lifetime bans for cheating coaches.

The independent commission, headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was formed in October amid the latest scandal to cast a cloud over college basketball.

The NCAA put together the commission a few weeks after prosecutors announced they had charged 10 men, including four assistant college coaches and a top Adidas executive in a fraud and bribery scandal.

 

 

The commission released a 60-page report [PDF] detailing its findings.

One of the biggest changes called for in the report, the end of the so-called "one-and-done" rule requiring players to be at least 19 years old and a year removed from graduating high school to be draft eligible, would need approval from the NBA and the NBA Players Association.

If the NBA doesn't change the rule, Rice said the commission will consider other options, including making freshman ineligible or locking a scholarship for three or four years if the player leaves school after one year.

"One-and-done has to go one way or another," Rice told The Associated Press.

The commission also called for allowing high school and college basketball players who delcare for the NBA draft to retain the college eligibility until they sign a professional contract.

Rice and the commission also recommended an overhaul for the NCAA's investigative and enforcement arms, calling for independent panels and harsher penalties for schools and coaches caught cheating.

That would include five-year postseason bans and loss of all revenue sharing in postseason play for schools found guilty of Level I violations and potential lifetime bans for coaches who are caught breaking rules.

"Currently, the rewards for violating the rules far outweigh the risks," Rice said.

The commission also recommended that the NCAA create a system for certifying agents and allow players to access them from high school through their college careers while also working with the NBA and USA Basketball to organize its own summer recruiting events for college prospects.

"The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement. "The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission's recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps."

Besides Rice and Emmert, the 12-member commission also includes several other prominent names from college basketball, including former college stars and NBA players Grant Hill and David Robinson, former Georgetown coach John Thompson III and retired college coach Mike Montgomery.

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