NCAA announces extensive reforms to recruiting, draft practices

    The NCAA has announced sweeping reforms to several issue areas with the goal of increasing accountability and ensuring student-athletes are the priority. (Photo Credit: MGN online)

    WASHINGTON (Circa) - NCAA leaders announced in a statement Wednesday a "series of significant policy and legislative changes, setting in motion actions to change the structure of the NCAA fundamentally."

    The most notable changes include:

    • Student-athletes who participate in the NBA draft but go undrafted athletes will be allowed to return to school,
    • Elite high school recruits and college athletes will be allowed to hire an agent,
    • Agents will be required to be NCAA certified,
    • Division I schools will be required to pay for tuition and fees for both men’s and women’s basketball players who wish to return to finish their degree.

    These new policies address a variety of issues, including flexibility for athletes going pro and getting a degree, minimizing harmful influences and stronger accountability and penalties.

    The changes come as a result of the Commission on College Basketball’s recommendations to the NCAA’s Board of Governors. Following the federal investigation into NCAA corruption and recruiting scandals, the Commission released a report detailing college basketball's most pressing issues and possible solutions. The Commission is chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who said "The crisis in college basketball is first and foremost a problem of failed accountability and lax responsibility."

    The NCAA's goal is that the new policies will “promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor.”

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