Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

NCAA announces sweeping reforms for college basketball | Lexington Herald Leader

College players will also be allowed representation as soon as their seasons end if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee. The agent's work would stop if the player enrolls in or returns to college.

The NCAA made a number of rule changes Wednesday that could have an impact on the Kansas men's basketball team.

John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this". Previously, players could declare for the draft, and attend the NBA Scouting Combine, but had to withdraw their name from the draft no more than 10 days after the combine to retain eligibility.

Among the changes is the reversal of a rule that has long separated amateur from pro athletes. Say Maryland's Kevin Huerter, for example, didn't get drafted in the first two rounds - he'd be able to play for the Terps again. These changes will also make the NCAA investigations and infractions process more efficient, setting stronger penalties for schools or individuals who violate NCAA rules to deter future violations and bringing independent investigators to the table to make decisions and enforce rules.

- College basketball players who go undrafted by the NBA will be allowed to return to school and play as part of sweeping NCAA reforms in the wake of a corruption scandal.

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They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects.

If coaches and staff are making any money off an outside company - like an "apparel company" - they will have to report that to their schools, too.

University presidents and chancellors will be held "personally accountable" for any rule-breaking by their athletic departments.

Here's to hoping that the NCAA and National Basketball Association can work together to create new rules that make sense for everybody involved.

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