What new NCAA rules mean for college basketball

Aug 9, 2018

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A detail of giant NCAA logo is seen outside of the stadium on the practice day prior to the NCAA Men’s Final Four at the Georgia Dome on April 5, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. ; Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images


On Wednesday, the NCAA announced new college basketball policies meant to overhaul the system in light of the FBI probe into recruiting practices.

The news rules call for transparency, hold university officials responsible for noncompliance, allow players to sign with agents while going through school and let undrafted players to return to their former schools. There are other changes, including a redesign of the recruiting calendar, more stringent punishments and longer suspension times for head coaches.

The larger issue of whether college athletes should be able to make money off their image was not addressed by the new policies.

So what changes will this portend for the NCAA and NBA? What will need to change, structurally, for these policies to be implemented? And what will be the effects of these new rules?  

We reached out to the NCAA. They did not get back to us in time for the interview.


Sam Vecenie, writer covering the NBA Draft, college basketball and the NBA for The Athletic, an online sports publication; he’s also the host of the basketball podcast Game Theory; he tweets @Sam_Vecenie

Rick Burton, professor of sport management and faculty athletic representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the NCAA at Syracuse University; he tweets @RealRickB

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