For the past several years, John Calipari has been lobbying for the four or five major BCS conferences to break away from the NCAA and govern themselves. As the NCAA becomes more and more mock-worthy, others are joining the campaign, to the point that the NCAA announced its working on a new governance structure that will give the five major BCS conferences–the SEC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the ACC, and the Pac-12–the power to make some of their own rules on issues such as stipends, medial coverage, and compensation for travel to games and tournaments for players’ families.
Last night, the Pac-12 presidents sent a letter to the presidents of the other four major conferences calling for autonomy and further reform. They outlined a ten-point plan, which you can read here. Most of them are things we’ve already heard, like covering the full cost of attendance, better medical coverage, giving student-athletes a meaningful role in governance at the conference and NCAA levels, changing the transfer rules, etc. etc.
However, one stood out to me: they want the NCAA to address the one-and-done rule. One-and-done is an NBA rule, but the Pac-12 presidents say if the NBA and the Players Association can’t agree, they want the NCAA to “consider restoring the freshmen ineligibility rule in men’s basketball,” meaning that players won’t be able to play until their sophomore year.
Whoa. I’m all for the other proposals, but that seems a bit much. Adam Silver and the Players Association need to get on the Two and Toodaloo train, fast.