The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recently passed a wide range of changes related to new policies and rules.
This was in response to corruption issues that surfaced during the past two years which included an FBI investigation led by Condoleezza Rice to clean up college basketball. The NCAA decided to come up with new rules that will protect its players and keep them from being targeted.
A statement from the NCAA’s president Mark Emmert stated it is committed to help student-athletes achieve success and encourage fairness in various college sports. Here are some of the biggest changes:
Enforcement: The NCAA is revamping its procedures for investigating and ruling on big cases that involve rules violations. A pair of independent groups will be assigned to manage and solve complex cases. These cases could involve major penalties, academic misconduct, or antagonistic behaviour.
Emmert stated the rule changes to enforcement will apply to all Division I sports. It is projected the NCAA will deal with three to five complex cases each year based on recent years. The NCAA will start the new process on Aug. 1, 2019.
NBA Draft: Since 2016 underclassmen who were eligible to enter the NBA draft could return to school after participating in the combine if they withdraw from the draft a maximum of 10 days following the combine.
The NCAA will now permit underclassmen to join the draft, complete the combine then go back to school if they are not drafted. Players must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Advisory Council prior to entering the draft.
Recruiting: Starting later in August basketball recruits can take up to 15 official visits versus five in the past. Trips can be made by the prospects beginning on Aug. 1 prior to their junior year. Students can take five visits from Aug.1 to their junior year’s ending, five visits from then until Oct. 15 after graduating from high school, and five visits for the rest of college eligibility.
In addition, student-athletes will only be allowed to visit a certain campus once each year.
Agents: The NCAA will immediately allow agents that are National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) certified to represent college players. They must ask for an evaluation from the NBA’s Undergraduate advisory Committee.
If current agent and state laws are changed throughout the process of meeting pro teams and agent selection, the agents can pay for transportation and meals of the players as well as their families. The NBA is also expected to make 18-year-old high school hoops players eligible for the draft. Beginning July 1 those players can sign an agent who is NCAA-certified prior to their senior year.