NCAA-Formed CBB Commission: End 1-and-Done, Give Lifetime Bans to Cheaters

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

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The Commission on College Basketball is calling for the NCAA to make sweeping reforms to the way it handles corruption in the sport.

According to Jill Martin of CNN, the Condoleezza Rice-led commission wants to replace show-cause penalties against coaches in extreme instances of cheating with lifetime bans.

The commission also wants to change the way the NBA draft is handled. Rice said, "One-and-done has to go one way or another."

"The NCAA appreciates the thorough review and comprehensive work by the Commission on College Basketball," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement, via Martin. "The Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors will now review the independent commission’s recommendations to determine the appropriate next steps."

After the commission's recommendations, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the NBA and NBPA are targeting the 2020 NBA draft as the earliest possible date for the elimination of the one-and-done rule.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBA Executive Director Michele Roberts said the following in a joint statement to Martin regarding the recommendations:

"The NBA and the NBPA thank Secretary Rice and the members of the Commission on College Basketball for their commitment to address the issues facing men's college basketball. We support NCAA policy and enforcement reforms that will better safeguard the well-being of players while imposing greater accountability on representatives and programs that fail to uphold the values of the game.

"We also share the Commission's concern with the current state of youth basketball and echo that all stakeholders—including the NBA, NBPA, NCAA and USA Basketball—have a collective responsibility to help bring about positive change. Regarding the NBA's draft-eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game."

On the heels of the commission's releasing a 60-page report, Rice is scheduled to meet with the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors on Wednesday.

The commission recommended the NCAA allow outside entities to make those decisions for the most serious cases of cheating.

It also called for Level I violations to be punishable by a postseason ban of up to five years rather than one and for coaches to receive suspensions of up to one year.

A call was also made for the NBA to get rid of the age restriction for its draft. If that doesn't happen, the commission said it would consider other options, including making freshmen ineligible.

Players who go undrafted are barred from returning to college basketball, but the commission wants to change that rule, provided the player returns to the same school.

One thing Rice's group doesn't want to do is pay athletes to play college basketball.

Although there is seemingly growing support for college players to be compensated, the commission wrote, "The goal should not be to turn college basketball into another professional league."

On that end, the committee wants more NCAA involvement and transparency when it comes to the high school-aged AAU circuit and dealings with apparel companies on the heels of Adidas' involvement in an FBI investigation.

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the commission are reportedly hoping to implement changes by August.

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