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Condoleezza Rice backtracks, says NCAA athletes should benefit from name, image and likeness


Following countless scandals and embarrassing storylines, the Commission on College Basketball, led by Condoleezza Rice, was created in an attempt to “fix” college basketball.

The Commission spent seven months reviewing potential recommendations, all with hopes of ending the corruption in the sport and creating pathways for student-athlete success.

Originally, they decided it was in the sport’s best interest to end the one-and-done, allow student-athletes to receive earlier assistance from agents, and earn an actual education (*cough* UNC *cough*).

Still, though, the organization decided student-athletes had no business receiving monetary benefits while in college.

KSR’s Aaron Torres wrote a piece at the time about how the NCAA Commission accomplished little-to-nothing in their original recommendations and failed to address the real issues that plagued college basketball.

NCAA commission not only lacks punch, but fails to understand the issues that plague college basketball

Now, Condoleezza Rice has (slightly) backtracked on the commission’s decision to not include monetary benefits, specifically when it comes to the name and likeness of student-athletes.

“We believe that students ought to be able to benefit from name, image and likeness but you can’t decide a program until you know the legal parameters,” Rice told USA TODAY Sports. “That was the point. I think some of the commentary suggested that we didn’t really speak on this issue. I think we did speak on this issue, it’s just that we understand there’s a legal framework that has to be developed first.”

She continued that the current NCAA rules are “incomprehensible” and need a complete makeover.

The current NCAA rules, she said, “(are) just incomprehensible. And sometimes when something’s incomprehensible, you have to go ahead and say, ‘This is incomprehensible,’ which means it probably isn’t right. And I thought that in the report, we were pretty clear, that we think the framework doesn’t work.”

The NCAA is expected to meet from June 11-13 to develop legislation, with a finalization expected in early August.

We will see rule changes in the very near future. How significant, however, is to be determined.

For more of Rice’s comments on the future of college basketball, take a look here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

14 responses to “Condoleezza Rice backtracks, says NCAA athletes should benefit from name, image and likeness”

  1. Troll Slayer

    You can tell she was in politics. In the words of the late great James Brown, she’s just talking loud and saying nothing.

  2. Gettlefingers

    You can tell MJ has created yet another liberal media outlet just by reading this headline.

    1. satcheluk

      You can tell you’re a knucklehead neo-con due to your comment about an innocuous headline.

    2. ukcats1776.90

      matt Jones is a huge democrat – everyone knows that. his TV show, when it does anything non-sports is always pretty liberal

  3. 3Goggles

    It’s not really backtracking if this is what she was saying the entire time. Not really her fault you didn’t understand her the first time…

  4. Sentient Third Eye

    Condi Rice is most probably the smartest female ever to serve in national public office. A very impressive, self-made lady. I wish she hadn’t turned down all of her multiple opportunities to run as VP.

    This is definitely just a slight clarification of an existing statement to help the audience better understand it, with no backtracking involved. When news dropped about the committee’s findings, I just shook my head, but then I decided to look closer into it. After actually reading the release, I understood that basically no one in the media commenting on it had bothered to read it either. They were just echo-chambering each other, and none of them had a clue what was really in it. In other words, typical modern news reporting.

  5. UK_fac_boi

    Stfu with your liberal media cry baby’s b.s. go watch some fox news and soak in the same S×%t you are complaining about. Haha snowflake Republicans crake me up!

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      Sounds wike your widdle feewings are huwt. Does McGruff have to tinky poo-poo?

    2. UK_fac_boi

      You have legit made my point for me haha thanks stupid

    3. cats646

      It’s not cry baby stuff. Matt jones is pushing liberal ideas, which he is allowed to do, there just not good ideas because, well….. liberals don’t tend to have good ideas. Now go complain about trump helping stop the Korean War or getting nukes out of North Korea because he’s just such a bad man. You know gas prices went down a little when Obama was in office, that’s a good presi…. I can’t even type that. Smh.

    4. Sentient Third Eye

      The bottom line is that none of the sports media commentary about the NCAA committee’s report, including KSR’s, bore much relation to the actual report. If any of them did read it, then they lacked the wherewithal to understand it. That is the only logical conclusion if you read the report and then compare it to the coverage. I know sports reporters are not “real” reporters, but still. Why write about something if you can’t be bothered to take time to read and understand it first?

    5. Bluebloodtoo

      Because truth doesn’t sell…

  6. Bluebloodtoo

    Sounds to me like what was discussed behind closed doors was not the same as what was announced publicly, but then again, what board room doesn’t have that going on…?

  7. Wade

    Just let them go pro at 18 they can go to war or get jobs make your name in a profession not school