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The NCAA Is To Blame for the Problems with College Basketball

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  Eric Bledsoe #24 of the Kentucky Wildcats sits in the locker room dejected after they lost 73-66 against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIJune 2, 2010

Living in western Kentucky, over the last few days, all we have heard about is the issues with Eric Bledsoe and stuff that happened in high school.

With that coming to light, it brought up a ton of stories. Radio announcers are doing everything they can to take shots at Kentucky and John Calipari.

Not being a Kentucky or Calipari fan, I am tired of hearing about how schools are cheating or schools need to fix these issues.

No. It's the NCAA that needs to change the way it does things.

Everybody wants to say that the NBA ruined college basketball by implementing the one-year rule after high school.

The NBA isn't the culprit. The NCAA is.

Five things that need to happen to solve these issues:

1. Get strict when a team does violate any rules, regardless of whether it is phone calls or forging papers.

2. When a player signs a letter of intent, it is good for a four-year contract, not one-and-done. This will eliminate teams going after these one-and-done players, because if a player leaves after one year, his scholarship is lost for three more years.

3. Stop thinking about money, and worry about the product that you put on the court.

4. Stop coddling the big-name schools.

5. Grades, grades, grades. A team that does not keep a 2.5 GPA or higher gets a postseason ban. Stop warning teams. Act right away.

Look, all teams violate rules, and until the NCAA gets off its butt and does something, things won't change.

Stop blaming schools, coaches, or the players, and look at the organization that gets all the money and has let the sport get to this.

 

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