One of the reasons I have always liked Jay Bilas is that he is one of the (if not the only) people in college basketball who can make me look at an issue from a different perspective. For instance today, he wrote a piece suggesting that the NCAA should get out of the eligibility business altogether. The point Bilas makes is an interesting one…rather than having the NCAA attempt to enforce its standards across the board, have a Clearinghouse that utilizes selective enforcement and still cant be trusted even after it makes an eligibility determination, why not just let schools do it on an individual basis? If Kentucky or Louisville wants to admit a player, then let them. Its their school and their academic environment. Will Stanford and Duke have different standards? Yes. But Missouri is allowed to let anyone in their school they want who doesnt play sports, why should sports be different?
Sure some will think this is a silly policy. But it would get rid of some of the problems we have seen this summer. Players would still have to stay eligible and pass classes once in school, but the question of should get in would be taken away. I think the idea is very interesting and if Bilas says it, then it will get attention.