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NCAA forms committee to fix college basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice

Today in “Will this actually help?”, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the formation of the Commission on College Basketball, a committee that will attempt to fix all of the problems in the sport in the wake of the bribery scandal.

The commission will be chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and composed of leaders from higher education, college sports, government and the business world, as well as accomplished former student-athletes. According to the NCAA’s press release, the commission will focus on three areas:

  • The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities, including:
    • Apparel companies and other commercial entities, to establish an environment where they can support programs in a transparent way, but not become an inappropriate or distorting influence on the game, recruits or their families.
    • Nonscholastic basketball, with a focus on the appropriate involvement of college coaches and others.
    • Agents or advisors, with an emphasis on how students and their families can get legitimate advice without being taken advantage of, defrauded or risk their NCAA eligibility.
  • The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA, and the challenging effect the NBA’s so-called “one and done” rule has had on college basketball, including how the NCAA can change its own eligibility rules to address that dynamic.
  • Creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability. The commission will be asked to evaluate whether the appropriate degree of authority is vested in the current enforcement and eligibility processes, and whether the collaborative model provides the investigative tools, cultural incentives and structures to ensure exploitation and corruption cannot hide in college sports.

Here’s everybody on the commission, which will begin its work next month and deliver its recommendations on legislative, policy and structural changes to the boards for action at their April meetings:

Name Title/Organization
Dr. Condoleezza Rice
Former Provost, Stanford University
66th U.S. Secretary of State
Mary Sue Coleman
Association of American Universities
General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired
USA Basketball
Mark Emmert
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Jeremy Foley
Athletics Director Emeritus
University of Florida Athletic Association
Jefferey A. Hathaway
Vice President/Director of Athletics
Hofstra University
Grant Hill
Owner/Vice Chairman
Atlanta Hawks
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame
Mike Montgomery
Retired Basketball Coach
Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
G.P. “Bud” Peterson (ex officio)
Georgia Institute of Technology
David Robinson
Admiral Capital Group
Kathryn Ruemmler
Former White House Counsel
Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Gene Smith
Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed
Athletics Director, Ohio State University
John Thompson III
Former Head Basketball Coach,
Georgetown University

Coincidentally, the issue of the NCAA making millions off players in exchange for a measly stipend is not on the charter. Kudos to the NCAA for trying, but I’m keeping my expectations for this pretty low.

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35 Comments for NCAA forms committee to fix college basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice

  1. runningunnin.454
    2:38 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    She’s a huge football fan, and served on the football playoff selection committee. I’m sure she also values the advantages of a solid college education…I would like to hear her opinions of fake college classes that shortchange student athletes.

  2. BlueGrass
    2:43 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    This is the simplest thing in the world to fix…it just requires separating college football and men’s basketball from colleges where they no longer belong. All you have to do is ignore everyone who cries that “it’s tradition”. Fact of the matter is, what we see today in these two sports aren’t in the “tradition” of college athletics at all. They detract (greatly in some cases) from the mission of the university and require us to perform mental gymnastics (Title IX and “student athlete”) to make the sports model fit into a university setting.

    Just break them apart, and create an amateur club model. You can still have the Kentucky Wildcats, but the players may or may not be students at the university and the school gives up the ability to fund raise and make money off the teams, but retains the social benefits to the school and can get their souls back after so many have sold themselves out to make an athletic buck.

  3. nybrasky
    3:03 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Condoleezza Rice? Sounds like a Mexican dish.

    3:04 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Where is the special committee for college footbal the cheating that goes on there far exceeds basketball, so they can’t act like this is just limited to basketball and the NCAA has not cared about this for so long, now when the feds bring a mop to clean up the mess that they created they want to act like they suddenly care.

  5. Realme
    3:09 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like a solid plan. Maybe leave Emmert out of it though.

  6. kentuckybackupplayer
    3:10 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Having Emmert on this commision is stupid, like having fat albert guard a box of donuts.

  7. harvardale
    3:12 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t understand why current faculty of NCAA member universities get to sit on this committee. Seems like a conflict of interest to me.

  8. Rod Crandler
    3:19 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    The real question is what are they going to do about those that already have been caught?

  9. Angelo
    3:25 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Harvey Weinstein was also on the committee, but he had to withdraw and go to rehab in the south of France.

    • John Henry
      5:11 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      Pencil in Bill Clinton to take the place of Weinstein. He is out of sexual deviant rehab now and the women still love him. Plus he is a fan of the Razorbacks and they need all of the help they can get.

    • Luether
      5:40 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      And don’t forget Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, David Wu, Kwame Kilpatrick, John Edwards, David Paterson, Antonio Villaraigosa, Barney Frank, etc, etc, etc…

  10. struggler
    3:27 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Color me VERY skeptical. Love C.Rice… David Robinson… but otherwise… Missing from the list must but to be added later must me John Skipper from ESPN and Jemile Hill.

    As always – nice to see Duke represented.


    P.S. hoping their first job is not to complete the work on UNCheat… but would seem quite the set-up to try to save the NCAA. They are complicit in this FBI deal – and want to let UNCheat off… soooooo

  11. Daddyof3Ballers
    3:32 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Word is UNC’s verdict will be announced tomorrow….slap on the wrist is my guess.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:55 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      I really expect way more than a slap on the wrist at this point. If anything, this new committee is a way for the NCAA to block the shit from splattering all over them when they throw it at the fan. I have been wrong a whole bunch of times, just ask my wife, but I don’t think I am this time.

    • Han
      6:00 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      If this committee had been announced last year to deal with huge scandals like at UNC and Louisville (stripper scandal), also mentioning previous scandals where the public thought the NCAA was clueless (Penn State), then I’d have some faith they were really going to clean things up and punish UNC.

      Doing it now, though, is just a reaction to the bad PR that comes from Adidas and a couple schools getting caught. This is about protecting the NCAA’s revenue and has nothing to do with the integrity of college sports or university academics.

  12. Sticky Ceiling
    3:36 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like a Mexican dish….

    • runningunnin.454
      3:59 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      See No.3…never saw anyone plagiarize a stupid remark before.

    • nybrasky
      5:29 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      Hey comment police, when you don’t get a joke/comment, try Google first to see if you’re misssing a pop culture reference.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:06 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      Sure thing….sounds like a worthwhile policy that would no doubt bring enlightenment; but I’m sure it would still be a stupid remark.

  13. notFromhere
    4:05 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Trying to find a way to get rid of Cal?

    Trying to find a way to keep him from recruiting?

    Trying to make sure Kentucky never wins another title?

    Mert is doing a fine job on his own, and he has unlimited additional funds to keep Higgins from talking.

  14. notFromhere
    4:25 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    In other news-

    Gotti family forms committee on gun violence. Crips and Bloods, socialists and communists, ISIS and CIA all have seats at the table.

    • runningunnin.454
      6:23 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      Kind of like Iran on the United Nations committee to protect women’s rights?

  15. shelby
    5:06 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Nice of them to put grant hill on there to make sure dook gets special treatment and a blind eye to wrong doing.

  16. Han
    5:54 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Will they also address schools which for decades systematically funnel players into fake classes (with some real students in them so it’s not an “extra benefit”), have tutors do their work, have them fake learning disabilities for extra help, etc., while also providing free vehicles and dental work, and also give extra benefits and jobs to players’ parents?

    Or will that still not be something within the scope of the NCAA’s jurisdiction?

    It’s noble to want to clean up the corruption in recruiting, shoe companies and the AAU circuit, but if they let UNC skate, what’s the point in anyone listening to anything the NCAA says?

  17. Ben Fletcher
    6:09 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Mary Beth Coleman is a UNC graduate. Interesting.

  18. Loserville Hater
    6:25 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    Some old names…same old faces…same old $#!^. Nothing new to see here, just keep on moving.

  19. 4everUKblue
    6:36 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

    That’s not political at all….Cause she knows nothing about basketball and everything about corruption?