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NCAA committee calls for end of one-and-done; refuses to pay players

As expected, the NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations included a lot of stern language about the problems facing the sport, but not that many solutions. I can’t say I’m surprised. After a quick glance, here are the major takeaways.

Call for end of one-and-done

Like we thought, the committee called for the end of the one-and-done rule, which was put in place by the NBA in 2006.

One-and-done has played a significant role in corrupting and destabilizing college basketball, restricting the freedom of choice of players, and undermining the relationship of college basketball to the mission of higher education. Elite high school players with NBA prospects and no interest in a college degree should not be “forced” to attend college, often for less than a year.

The commission said they considered, but is not recommending, the baseball rule because it would keep players ready for NBA in school against their will. Once again, this doesn’t mean anything unless the NBA and the Players Association move to end the rule, which NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has hinted will happen in the near future. (UPDATE: Adrian Wojnarowski reports the NBA and NBAPA are planning to end the one-and-done rule as early as the 2020 draft)

But what if it doesn’t? The committee said if the NBA doesn’t abolish the one-and-done rule by the end of 2018, it will consider other measure, such as freshman ineligibility, or locking a scholarship for two years if a player goes pro after one year. Both are horrible ideas.

Allowing undrafted underclassmen to return to school

The best and easiest recommendation the committee made was to allow underclassmen who declare for the draft to go through the draft and retain their eligibility should they not be selected or sign a professional contract. The only restrictions are that the player must return to the same school and request an evaluation from the NBA’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee.

Common sense.

No movement towards paying players

Unfortunately, the committee did not recommend allowing players to profit off their likeness, defending its amateurism model and justifying pushing this issue off until the NCAA finds a way to legislate it.

“The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league.”


Certified Agents

The one piece of news that could make an actual change would be allowing players to have contact with certified agents through their high school and college careers. This would help players make educated choices about their future while eliminating a lot of the secret meetings that already take place, as we found out via leaked documents a few weeks ago.

Elite high school and college players need earlier professional advice, including whether to declare for the draft or whether college basketball offers a superior pathway. If NCAA rules do not allow them to receive that advice openly, they will often seek it illicitly. The NCAA rules should provide that student-athletes may meet and contract with NCAA-certified agents and that they will not lose their eligibility by doing so.

USA Basketball alternative to Summer Leagues

The commission recommended partnering with USA Basketball and the NBA to create a viable alternative to summer leagues funded by shoe companies such as Nike’s EYBL, Adidas Gauntlet, and the Under Armour Association. That’s a no-brainer but will require a huge investment.

As far as all the under-the-table payments from those shoe companies, such as adidas, to recruits? The committee called for greater financial transparency from the companies and called upon university presidents to do more compliance checks. Given how much colleges make from the shoe companies, expecting anything more than stern language was naive.

Harsher penalties for Level 1 violations

In the wake of UNC getting off scot free for 18 years of academic fraud, the commission called for changes in the penalty structure, including a five-year postseason ban for Level I violations.

Easier paths to graduation for players that leave

The committee did recommend making the path to graduation for those who leave early easier, calling for all colleges to establish a degree completion program to support those who want to come back and finish their degrees. Kentucky already does this.

There’s a lot more, but these are the basic nuts and bolts. If you’d like to read the entire 60-page report for yourself, it’s now available on the NCAA’s website. We’ll continue to have coverage throughout the morning.

Correction: I misinterpreted the committee’s recommendations should the NBA keep the one-and-done rule. Instead of locking a player in for three or four years, if a player goes pro after one year, the school would lose the scholarship the next two years. Either way, it’s dumb.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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44 responses to “NCAA committee calls for end of one-and-done; refuses to pay players”

  1. ukjaybrat

    scotch free > scot free

    1. RackEmWillie

      I’m down for free scotch.

    2. ukjaybrat

      well now that you mention it … lol

    3. SuperTroy18

      Bourbon > Scotch

    4. catdaddyd

      Get rid of the block/charge/flopping and cut the timeouts in half. And while you are at it do away with the advertising on the ribbon going around the arena during play.

  2. terwilliger

    “One-and-done has played a significant role in corrupting and destabilizing college basketball and undermining the relationship of college basketball to the mission of higher education. “

    Lmfao. But fake classes at UNC didn’t?

    1. Aar

      Listen to Ms Rice’s speech. She went as far as the commission could go in condemning the NCAA’s inability to punish academic fraud and stated that the NCAA needs this ability in the future.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Great, UNCheat hung a retroactive National Championship banner for 1924; so the NCAA should adopt the necessary ability to punish academic fraud, and retroactively hang UNCheat.

  3. ukjaybrat

    Call for end of one-and-done:

    it;s almost like this committee doesn’t know any more or less about the one and done rule than the average fan (oh wait, these committee members ARE average fans and have no more knowledge of the sport than i do.

    you can call for the end all you want and you can put rules in place all you want. the ncaa can’t do a damn thing about the one and done rule unless they work with the NBA to enforce the rules.

    1. bosch8184

      100% False.

      The NCAA can have its own set of rules for what is best for its members. If you’re 18 and don’t want to go to college and can’t get drafted yet you can go play overseas (or get a job at McDonalds while you wait to be draft eligible for that matter)

    2. ukjaybrat

      umm… if the ncaa says you have to stay in school for three years, what’s to keep a player from saying “screw you, i’m going to the draft” after one year?


    3. Catuary

      The NCAA could force players to contracts stating if they play professionally before a specified dates, all salary earned is forfeited to the NCAA.

    4. ukjaybrat

      that’s unconstitutional

    5. BigBlueMeade

      Yeah that would not be allowed at all. Courts would strike that down.

    6. Catuary

      How is it unconstitutional? It’s an extension on what is already done on many contracts. Consider a coach’s contract with a buyout clause.

    7. ukjaybrat

      Buy out clauses are common for coaches and players, who are PAID employees. you cannot *NOT* pay a student-athlete and then force them into a contract that prevents them from gaining employment. that’s essentially slavery

    8. rabblerabblerabble

      Are we talking about the same Constitution that counted slaves as three-fifths of a person? C’mon guys, there may be issues with the hypotheticals you’re discussing, but the Constitution’s got nothing to do with it.

    9. ukjaybrat

      ever heard of constitutional amendments ? no? well they changed everything. we no longer have slaves or three-fifths of persons.

      Regardless, how about we replace the word unconstitutional to illegal? that should be an easy replacement to make the statement more understandable

    10. njCat

      They know the NCAA cannot keep kids in school. But they can make freshmen ineligible, which accomplished the same objective.

      Also, the 3 or 4 lock on scholarships would be on the schools, not the players. Kids can leave whenever they want, but their scholarship is not available until after the 3 or 4 year time period runs its course.

      NCAA is not powerless to just accept whatever the NBA decides.

    11. Catuary

      Non-compete clauses, buyout clauses, etc. have existed for a long time. I do think the NCAA could structure a contract to achieve the objective of curtailing one-and-done. I don’t know exactly how it would be structured, but I’m sure contract lawyers could work out the legal details.

      Here’s another analogy. I was an unpaid volunteer on an education committee that wrote and administered professional exams. I had to sign an agreement not to work for an exam prep company or contribute to a study manual, etc. for two years after ending volunteer work with the committee. That was legal.

    12. ukjaybrat

      “Non-compete clauses, buyout clauses, etc. have existed for a long time”
      You can put these clauses in contracts for paid employees to prevent them from moving to a competitor. The NCAA cannot force these clauses on a student-athlete to prevent them from going to the NBA.
      (and before anyone argues the student-athlete is “paid” with a scholarship) – yes sure, but that comes from the school, not the NCAA. the NCAA doesn’t give anything to the student athlete and therefore cannot force the student athlete to sign a contract. In fact – the student athlete does not have to do “ANYTHING” the ncaa says. the ncaa does all enforcement to the school, not the athlete.

      “I was an unpaid volunteer on an education committee that wrote and administered professional exams.”
      – I do not know the specifics of your contract based on a single paragraph, so i can’t say for sure. but NDIs are very common and prevent the sharing of intellectual property between competitors. has nothing to do with money or preventing someone from going somewhere but in giving up a competitive advantage to a competitor. in your case, you working for an exam prep company, you could transfer knowledge from your old company and that company would lose it’s competitive advantage in the market.

  4. Rod Crandler

    Agents just want to sign the players. They are not looking out for the best interest of a high school kid that is not their client.

    1. KayutsBy90

      I assume this will end up being similar to baseball where HS and college players are allows to have agents as “advisors” but basically have a contract saying that when they can hire an agent officially it will be them.

  5. ClutchCargo

    Lots of talk, and there is almost no chance any real action as a result. Harsher penalties for Level 1 violations would have zero effect on the UNC situation. The NCAA said that it wasn’t a compliance issue at all.

    1. njCat

      Except that recommendations included giving the NCAA jurisdiction over academic fraud, which they do not currently have.

  6. Sentient Third Eye

    The biggest change needs to be in attitude. It doesn’t matter if the rule is one, two or three-and-done, what really matters is schools nationwide need to stop treating the kids who leave early like pariahs. Embrace the one-and-done rule like UK or even Duke has, so kids don’t automatically feel like the black sheep of the family if they want to continue their educations during summers.

    And I still like the idea of a one or two year associates degree in “Handling a Professional Sports Career”. Load up two to four semesters with classes on public speaking, money management, investing, and everything a guy needs to succeed whether he ends up making five million a year of just fifty-thousand.

    1. PillsburyThrowboy

      That second thing is a great idea. That should be a thing.

  7. PillsburyThrowboy

    I agree with everything said. I don’t think players should be paid off their likeness. I do think players should get a much larger stipend considering they can’t have jobs because of school and sports taking up 90% of their time.

    1. njCat

      Stipends will never be large enough to stop illegal money. It’s not pocket money they’re after… their parents want to get PAID.

  8. secrick

    You can’t pay the players, stupid idea. They are already getting paid in a way, for instance getting to go to the Bahama’s this summer . These kids love to play the game so don’t give me they deserve it because of the hard work they put in.

    1. easy

      Ok so you’re a communist, got it

    2. njCat

      Don’t have to pay them. Just let them earn the money themselves.. like NCAA already allows for swimmers and other Olympic athletes.

  9. mm40

    She did mention payment off of likeness, just not a recommendation yet due to some pending litigation. She mentioned the Olympic model and mentioned that getting Olympic payment or getting paid for dancing with the stars would be no different than getting paid for your likeness, image or name.

    1. Aar

      Actually, I thought Ms Rice concluded that section of the statement by stating that it is the committee’s recommendation that the NCAA allow student-athletes to be paid for their name, image and likeness as soon as they have the legal ability to do so. Meaning that they should allow it after the litigation is settled.

  10. Alleykat16

    As in any findings of a commission people are going to agree with some of it and say it’s all a waste of time by anyone who listen to them. The committee was made up of a great group of people with Rice, David Robinson and Grant Hill to name a few. I thought they could have some athletes that have in fact been One and Dones that have succeded and ones that it robbed them of its eligibility and was forced into g league or over seas instead being able to come back school. Who better to learn from than a person that lived it. And really what this is all about is a hand full of people that has the ability to go to the NBA every few years. What is important is these schools that have had fake classes and housing rapist and thugs while they turn their heads while they commit the crimes.

  11. Underdog

    Why CFR member C. Rice is chairwoman is so in-your-face corruption it makes me sick.

    Of course, this corrupt corporation and this ad hoc committee would do nothing to improve things. Improving things is not on their agenda.

    This corp. made over one billion dollars.

    They need to be cut out of college sports and disavowed. Let the university Athletic Directors plan tournaments, and run their sports programs. The NCAA is totally corrupt and serves no purpose but to enrich themselves and preserve the status quo.

  12. Cousins Fake Tooth

    Not really up to the NCAA if it ends or not.

  13. StuckinLville

    Im sorry but they should NOT get paid. Stipends are one thing, but getting paid isn’t fair to the thousands of other students.

    1. ukjaybrat

      I disagree that it would be unfair. playing sports for a university earns that university (indirectly) money. Just like working for an insurance company (indirectly) earns that insurance company money.

      Being a student doesn’t necessarily earn a university money.

    2. njCat

      How do you decide which athletes get paid and which ones don’t. No way schools can afford to pay all of them enough to stop the corruption in FB and BB.

    3. ukjaybrat

      The same way you decide who gets a 4% raise and who gets a 5% raise. the better employees (athletes) get paid more money.
      It’s a very long argument i don’t really care to have and i’m not arguing we should pay them millions of dollars. but i think a blanket statement such as “they should NOT get paid” is the wrong answer.

    4. jaws2

      Schools make money off of EVERY kid that attends, certainly not what they make off of the big 3 athletics, but they make money. They may hide behind a 501C cloud, but you’ll never see a Div 1 school go broke!

  14. plumloopy

    I used to like the one and done because I love CBB and I didn’t want the quality to go down if the best players went straight to the NBA. At this rate, I’m just tired of it all. If you need to be paid right away, go for it. As Cal says (paraphrasing), 97% of you we’ll never see again because you’ll stay in the G league or play overseas.

    The draw for playing in the NCAA has to be: 1) superior instruction (for those who want to play pro) and 2) superior experience on and off the court. And then there’s that little ol’ college degree.that gets you an average of an additional $1 million over a lifetime.

    I suspect that years later people may agree that quality of play in CBB has actually improved since the change.

    1. plumloopy

      I don’t mean to imply Cal actually said it that way, rather his quote about 3-5% of players who go straight to the development league never making the NBA.