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.
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.