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 get invited to the NBA Combine 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, in conjunction with the NCAA, will be tasked with identifying which prospects in a given class are “elite.” In regard to high school athletes, however, the rules will not go into effect until the NBA changes its current age-limit rule.
- 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
Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-rules-changes-ncaa-makes-major-overhaul-to-rulebook-in-wake-of-fbi-probe/
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