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What Rule Do Coaches Not Like?

As part of their continuing series of “Salacious and Indecent Anonymous Coach Polls,” CBSSports.com now asked the question: What rule needs to go?  Granted anonymity, coaches expressed wanting to pay players, wanting to enforce the death penalty on “big time cheaters” (like UNC?), and a desire for something as simple as a longer 3-point shot.  Somebody should tell them that Doron is gone, so they don’t have to worry about him lighting them up anymore.

But the question was simple, even if the responses weren’t.  Take a look:

The question: If you could change one rule in college basketball, what would it be?

-Shortened/24-second shot clock: 19 percent
-No transfer waivers required for players: 11 percent
-More offseason workouts with players: 8 percent
-No postseason ban for APR: 8 percent
-Four coaches recruiting on the road (instead of three): 8 percent
-Pay players: 8 percent
-More enforcement against agents/runners: 6 percent
-Enhance July contact with prospects/more access to them: 6 percent

A selection of answers with less than five percent:

— Eliminate one-and-done (note: this is an NBA, not an NCAA rule)
— Death penalty: harsher punishments for big-time cheaters
— Cut down on official visits
— NBA 3-point line
— Freshman need just six hours of class time
— Hire people associated with prospects

Can you guess which one Cal answered?  If he was polled, my money is on “Eliminate one-and-done” rule.  Those not familiar with Cal might assume that he loves the rule, but as we know from hearing him speak on it, he really doesn’t care for it at all.  Even though he currently brings in the most one-and-done players of any coach in the nation, he still acknowledges that the system is unfair to the players.  If not that one, “more offseason workouts” sounds like something he would suggest.

Personally, I’m surprised by the 8% garnered by “No Postseason Ban for APR.”  I figure Calhoun might be among those eight, with UConn’s imminent tourney ban, but I expected that number to be in the less-than-five-percent category.  It’s also curious that “More Offseason Workouts” only got 8%.  That seems like one of the options with the most direct impact on coaches, but apparently transfer waivers and shortening the shot clock are more important.

Which answers surprise you?  That at least a few coaches want to pay players?  That coaches want even more contact with players in July after the NCAA allowed unlimited texts and calls?  Or that the majority are asking for something as mundane as an NBA-length shot clock?

Article written by Corey Nichols

17 Comments for What Rule Do Coaches Not Like?



  1. Coach Durbin
    9:13 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Although I think Coach Cal is definately in favor of getting rid of one and done, I think he would answer “pay players.” It’s part of his players first mantra and honestly might encourage kids to stay in college a little longer who are in hardship conditions (ie Eric Bledsoe).



  2. roy williams
    9:34 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    – increase in afro-american studies, um well i mean uh, for football players of course



  3. M.J.
    9:36 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Whateva… Jokers…



  4. barn
    9:38 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    instead of paying players why don’t they give them free stuff like tuition, books, room & board, tutors, meals etc. or they could even allow them to work during school year holiday/summer breaks, like my kid was graciously allowed to do during his time at UK, so he could help pay for his tuition, books, room & board, tutors, meals etc.



  5. Azubuike's Bicep
    9:49 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    The players should at least be able to make money off of their name. Nike could make jerseys with the actual name of the players, with a portion of profit going to that player. All other general Kentucky Basketball gear, a percentage of those profits could be dispersed evenly to the team. This would ensure that even the Brian Longs of the team would get something. How can EA get in trouble for using the likeness of players in their NCAA basketball games, but Nike/Adidas/Reebok/whoever doesn’t get touched for selling a jersey with the number 23 on it? Everyone knows it’s Anthony Davis! Both the Kentucky name, as well as the players number, is a part of their likeness. And to sell a Kentucky jersy WITH that number, is making a profit on their likeness. That’s the biggest thing that needs to change in college athletics.



  6. dagwud
    9:52 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Freshman athletes having just 6 hours of class time? What? So now they should be part-time-student athletes? Six hours when I was at UK was 2 courses.



  7. jhnny
    9:55 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    I might be in the minority here, but I’m surprised coaches want to shorten the shot clock. That would be a nightmare in College Basketball. I can’t imagine all of the bad shots that would be taken, especially by smaller, less talented teams. Leave that alone, please. It would drastically change the game of college basketball as we know it today.



  8. Come ON
    10:01 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, why the heck was my comment “awaiting moderation” – and now gone? Nothing was said negative against UK or ksr. Yall’s some jokers…



  9. Voice of Reason
    10:03 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Players get to go to school for free. No need to pay them.



  10. Voice of Reason
    10:03 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Why is UK even having this discussion. Your players are already getting paid.



  11. schwing
    10:43 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    #10, eff off.

    cal knows 100% that the one & done rule is an NBA rule, so he wouldn’t answer like that. most likely he answered about paying players, like #1 said.



  12. Big Blue B-Rad
    10:59 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    10) It must be nice not having to refer to facts, so you can just run your mouth off.



  13. the truth
    11:17 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know if i’d call the shot clock change mundane. That’d be a huge difference in game and force every team to play at a much higher pace (see NBA).



  14. Beavis
    11:32 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    # 10 If you have some proof that we pay the players,,,,lets see it



  15. HillbillyInBC
    12:15 pm August 15, 2012 Permalink

    7 – I agree completely. 35 seconds is barely enough time to attack a good zone (where “attack” means more than just a few passes around the perimeter before you jack up a 3).



  16. duh
    1:00 pm August 15, 2012 Permalink

    I sure hope UofL and IU haven’t been buying their players because if they have they sure aren’t getting much for their money.



  17. LarryM
    2:22 pm August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Very surprised allowing 6 fouls wasn’t included. Way too many games ruined due to 2 early fouls on key players….with 3 officials and refs like TV Teddy….the game needs 6 fouls!