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Mark Emmert hints at major upcoming rule changes in College Basketball

This afternoon, NCAA president Mark Emmert went on CBS’s Inside College Basketball to discuss the major Yahoo! Sports reports released in the last few days and the current state of the sport.

In the interview, Emmert said he sees major “systematic changes” coming to college basketball this summer.

He started by saying college basketball players should be allowed similar leeway as college baseball and hockey athletes when it comes to dealing with agents.

Emmert says he understands the frustrations of those wanting to see change, and they’re going to make that a point of emphasis going forward.

“No one wants to hear words, they want to see action, and I get that as much as anyone,” he said. “We’re serious about that, and I, along with the board of directors, are focused on really making a systemic change starting this Spring and going forward through this summer.”

In fact, Emmert says we will likely have new changes in place by the time college basketball tips off next fall.

“They’re going to be putting forth their recommendations and bringing them forward during the month of April, and then the boards are going to act on them and act on them quickly. We need to act and have changes in place before tipoff of next season. Failure to do that will really erode everyone’s confidence in what this wonderful game is truly all about,” he said.

As far as the current basketball season goes and the upcoming NCAA tournament, Emmert says they will act on eligibility concerns before Selection Sunday.

“By the time we get to Selection Sunday, we’ll have a much better handle on what’s going on with the current students so we have eligibility solutions in place for those who are and aren’t eligible,” said Emmert. “Everyone in the selection committee and the fans out there will really know what’s going on.”

Though the Yahoo! Sports report was troublesome, Emmert believes the vast majority of college basketball is well-behaved and those that are following the rules need to be recognized for that.

“The vast majority of coaches, and I believe this deeply, are behaving themselves and conducting themselves appropriately, as are the vast majority of student-athletes,” he said. “We need to recognize them for what they’re doing and their commitment and enjoy these great games.”

He finished the interview by saying those that violated the rules, “especially the adults,” will be held accountable for their actions.

“After the season is over, we’re going to go in and make changes to the nature of the rules and move forward. Especially the adults, we’re going to hold them accountable for their behavior.”

We’ve heard similar talk from Emmert in the past about “major changes” that never came to fruition, but hopefully the pressure of this latest nationwide scandal will (finally) force his hand.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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20 Comments for Mark Emmert hints at major upcoming rule changes in College Basketball



  1. Jiminy Crickets
    1:28 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Big hand slaps for all students. Agents allowed for top 50 prospects. Pitino and miller will be poster child’s of NCAA punishment.

    I like it



  2. bhb71
    1:42 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    I’m so excited about this. This is opening the floodgates for likeness usage as well.

    I just want my damn NCAA Football video games back, man.



  3. Jiminy Crickets
    2:09 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    So Forde and Pitino are best friends, business partners and UL and Pitino are the butt (no pun) of sports world. What better way to take the attention and fire away? Release a fictional story that includes UK, Duke, UNC, and Kansas, along with numerous other schools, that just so happen to not have one mention of a player from UL. I have been calling this FBI probe smoke and mirrors since it happen. This whole thing is about national sport book wagering, and “cleaning up” the NCAA. No different than mark Cuban being fined 600k for “tanking”. You can’t have legal wagering in a league that has teams that lose on purpose.
    This is huge, but only because of the money at stake



  4. RealCatsFan
    2:21 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Is that actually Emmert in that picture or a wax figurine?

    Look for section 1A of the new rules changes to state that UNC and Duke are always “behaving themselves appropriately” no matter what they do.



  5. John
    2:27 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Folks, it’s coming. The days of the NCAA in College Basketball are numbered. The Power 5 conferences are going to take their ball and go play somewhere else. If Emmert and that bureaucracy in Indy push too hard, they will screw themselves out of existence.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:43 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Kings without a kingdom?



    • John
      2:58 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Rg454. Knew it had to be you douche. The Power 5 is doing just fine in football. They would do just as well in basketball. Can’t see the forest for the trees. I think the Power 5 Kings have a pretty good kingdom in Football Dumba**. I got that wrong smarta**.



    • runningunnin.454
      3:30 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      John Boy, what are you talking about? The ncaa are the kings there in that scenario. Wow, touchy.



  6. Headhurts
    3:15 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    1st change should be mark Emmert. Look, as long is there is 7 figure salaries for coaches and big shoe money, and a handful of one and dones to fight over, there will always be cheating, If u think about it cheating has gone on since the peach basket was invented, human nature is to chase the money, that’s our society and how we’re programmed to think.



  7. sp
    4:18 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    This pretty much means that Louisville is going to skate on the Brian Bowen payment. They will draw a line in the sand with the “new rules” finding a way to sweep all this stuff under the rug and “move forward”. Nothing is going to happen to Louisville or Arizona or any other player or school involved in any of this FBI stuff. They can’t rule everyone ineligible so they wont rule anyone ineligible.



    • Bobbum Man
      4:30 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      Uhh no, they’ll 100% be ruled ineligible… the guys who had lunch or just met with a guy probably won’t have any issues but your not gonna take $100k payment for a player and get off the hook, sorry bud not happening



    • sp
      5:07 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      We will see. If there is a “major rule change” coming it won’t surprise me if all these recent incidents are grandfathered in so they don’t have to rule all these teams ineligible or wipe away the records of multiple teams over the last few years. The NCAA doesn’t want to do that. Sean Miller may lose his job and Ayton may be ruled ineligible, but I bet nothing happens to them long term just like I don’t think anything is now going to happen to Louisville long term. Hell Bowen is already at another school getting ready to play. The NCAA wants to make this go away and creating a new rule about payments to players and grandfathering all these FBI incidents under a new rule will do just that. Louisville included.



    • Bobbum Man
      5:51 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

      I’m not sure where people get this idea that Bowen is “getting ready to play” he transferred to another school like any other kid in the country has the right to do, he will not play basketball for them, Arizona will absolutely get in trouble and I’m not exactly sure what will happen to UL as they’ve already cleaned house etc. will be interesting to see



  8. serdi
    4:29 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    Guy has NO credibility. As long as he is the head of NCAA I believe nothing he or the NCAA says. When they let North Carolina at Chapel Hill Cheatin’ Dean Smiths walk that was it. Nothing that comes out of his mouth matters. He is a bum. He is a slimeball.



  9. slangterm
    4:36 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    What a prick. Snapshot of everything wrong with big money. It’s fine u til it’s not fine. He’s should be fired immediately. He is the head of a billion dollar scheme, and doing a terrible job.



  10. slangterm
    4:40 pm February 24, 2018 Permalink

    And for the love of God, somebody tell these Louisville fans, their school had to be bleached, because of a sex scandal at a school, and a second FBI involved scandal. They seem to think they’ve been wronged.



  11. kentuck1
    10:59 am February 26, 2018 Permalink

    I think the NCAA will finally do away the one-and-done rule. Because all of these alleged violations are happening with those players that are predicted to be “one-and-dones”. I think this would be good for the Wildcats and would definitely make life easier for Calipari, since he is getting older, and will not have to recruit an entire team every year. 🙂



  12. Racerr11
    4:14 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

    The NCAA bylaws say a team already under probation that commits another major violation the next step is the Death Penalty . I would also say the NCAA sat back and watched how louisville handled the current situation and it was handled in the worst of ways. The appeal should of never happened they had no chance what so ever, no one in there right mind (not pitino) of course would of thought they were going to win that appeal. They didn’t even appeal the charges they appealed the harshness of the penalties against them simply amazing. I don’t remember in 60 years of my life of the NCAA asking the school being charged how they should be punished.The people in charge of that school are way out there and they better clean house again. As far as the Bowen kid pay for play thing he was not the only one, there was another player that was going to be paid that is a year younger so he would of been there the following year also on the wire tap information. There might be some things brushed under the rug but the Louisville situation is not one of them. While the NCAA was watching Louisvilles reaction to denial of the appeal they had a interim president get up on TV and say we think the NCAA is simply wrong, ex coach pitino continue to deny he knew anything happened and said NCAA is wrong and the school should file a lawsuit against the NCAA , they also had there acting head coach say it was wrong and the least the NCAA could of done was wait til season was over to announce the denial of appeal. The acting head coach also said he contacted all of the former players from the 2013 team to tell them that they don’t need a banner to know there champions. I’m sure all of that combined and there previous actions of denial instead of admitting to the wrong doings will effect what happens to the school on the pay to play charges which was all captured on wire tap and there is no denying of that.



    • Racerr11
      4:29 pm February 26, 2018 Permalink

      Speaking about Louisville again and there continued denial of knowing anything was going on during the stripper scandal and that there was only one coach involved is ridiculous. Katina Powell said McGee always talked about coach Mike who supposedly was the money man so there’s 2 coaches who knew and then the refusal of Brandon Williams an assistant coach at the time to turn over his phone to NCAA then tried to give them a phone with a different number it’s pretty obvious he knew something so there’s at least 3 and I’m sure more who knew and we’re involved without a doubt including scum bag Rick . McGee was told they no longer needed him and left town before any of this was made public. McGee was drug thru the mud by his ex coach all the media in Louisville and across the country blaming only him. McGee never talks to anyone won’t say anything to anybody and disappears. There’s is only one reason he won’t talk, it’s because he was paid money to get away and never talk about it and that’s exactly what he did. It’s all pretty clear.