In the wake of last week’s FBI probe into bribery in college basketball, many head coaches in the sports are speaking out on the current state of the game and what can be done to fix it. Yesterday, Jon Rothstein spoke to John Calipari after practice and Calipari called for the sport to allow players representation like baseball:
“Players should be allowed representation just like they have in baseball,” Calipari said following Tuesday’s practice at Kentucky. “They don’t need a new model because there’s already a model in place. That’s what they do in baseball. Players should be able to earn income because of their name, their signature, and their likeness. If a uniform is sold with a player’s name on it, the player should get a percentage on it. If they want to go out and sign autographs, let them sign autographs. The money should be deferred. They should be able to sign a shoe contract too, but the money should be deferred unless it’s used by the parents of the player for transportation or expenses to come and see the kid’s play. They’re not professionals if that happens and it probably eliminates a lot of stuff.”
Cal also called for the return of grad assistants on the staff and the need to “figure out summer basketball,” which seems to be the center of corruption.
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