College basketball rules changes: NCAA makes major changes in wake of FBI probe

College athletics — specifically college basketball — is getting a significant rulebook makeover. 

And the FBI’s investigation into the sport’s crooked recruiting practices is primarily why. 

The NCAA announced on Wednesday widespread, sweeping changes to college basketball’s bylaws, its recruiting calendar and, in an evolutionary step forward, new legislation that gives more entitlements to student-athletes.  

The biggest changes are these:

  • All players who declare for the NBA Draft but go undrafted will have the option to return to their former school.
  • Elite prospects will now be allowed to have official relationships with agents. This applies to high schoolers and college athletes alike. USA Basketball will be tasked with identifying which prospects in a given class are “elite.”
  • The NCAA is requiring all school presidents, chancellors and athletics staff members to contractually comply with any and all future investigations. This is the NCAA’s way of trying to institute a de facto version of subpoena power, which it lacked previously. 
  • School presidents and chancellors will now personally be held accountable by the NCAA for their athletic departments abiding by the rules. 
  • The FBI’s case into college basketball brought about mounds of documents of information. Previously, the NCAA did not allow for information and findings from outside investigations at established agencies to be used in its infractions process. Effective immediately, the NCAA and its Committee on Infractions can use information obtained in

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