One and done out?

The Big East has recommended replacing one-and-done with a two-or-none policy in college basketball, along with NCAA regulation of agents and the creation of an elite player unit to focus on "players with realistic aspirations of playing in the NBA." The Big East's recommendations come a week after a similar report by the Pac-12 for the NCAA's commission on college basketball, led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The commission was created in response to a federal investigation into corruption in college basketball. The Big East's plan calls for the elimination of the NBA's one-and-done rule, which prohibits its teams from drafting players until they are at least 19 or a year removed from high school. Two-or-none would be an NCAA policy requiring basketball players who decide to go to college to commit for at least two seasons. Meanwhile, high school players who declare for the NBA draft would forfeit future college eligibility. Similar to the Pac-12, the Big East recommended the NCAA and USA Basketball take a larger role in what it calls non-scholastic basketball, the summer camps and AAU teams and leagues that have no affiliation with high schools but often involve shoe and apparel companies. The Big East called for the NCAA to change rules to allow basketball players similar access to agents and advisers that are permitted for hockey and baseball players. The proposed elite player unit (EPU) would concentrate on several areas:
- Pre-collegiate guidance for players in grades eight through 12.
- Managing recruiting events.
- Agent regulation that would create more stringent certification than the NBA and its players' union currently have in place.
- The EPU would serve as a liaison to the NCAA's Academic and Membership Affairs division with respect to NCAA legislation on men's basketball recruiting
- Oversight of the relationship between the NCAA, coaches, schools and apparel companies.
- Ethics and strengthening the code of conduct for coaches in recruiting high school players and potential college transfers.
The so-called Rice Commission is expected to give its reform recommendations to the NCAA board of directors in April.
March 21, 2018

2018 Mens NIT schedule

Baylor, Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, USC headline the 2018 Mens NIT
March 11, 2018

Tony Bennett Wins Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award

Virginia mens basketball coach Tony Bennett has been named Henry Iba Coach of the Year
March 8, 2018

Young Wins Wayman Tisdale Award

Trae Young has been named the national freshman of the year, earning the USBWA's Wayman Tisdale Award.
March 7, 2018

NCAA proposal: Kickoff fair catch inside 25 to be touchback

The team receiving a kickoff would be allowed to make a fair catch between its goal line and 25-yard line and have it result in a touchback under an NCAA Football Rules Committee proposal. NCAA secretary-rules editor Steve Shaw said the proposal is a counter to emerging strategy in which the kickoff team tries to execute a high, short kick to pin the receiving team deep in its territory. The opportunity for a fair catch and touchback should reduce high-impact collisions and risk of injury, he said Friday. "Coaches have really looked at this and they want to do things to make this play safer in our game and keep it a viable play," Shaw said. Before the 2012 season, kickoffs were moved from the 30-yard line to the 35 and the starting position on touchbacks from the receiving team's 20 to 25. "The committee discussed the kickoff play at great length and we will continue to work to find ways to improve the play," said North Carolina coach and committee chairman Larry Fedora. "We believe making one change (this year) will allow us to study the effect of this change in terms of player safety." The proposal will be sent to conferences for feedback before being considered by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel on April 13. If approved by the panel, the change would go into effect for the 2018 season. The committee also proposed that offensive players not be allowed to block below the waist more than 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. Those blocks also would have to be from the front, except in the case of interior linemen. The committee approved two pace-of-play proposals. After a touchdown, the play clock would be set at 40 seconds to expedite the extra point or two-point conversion attempt. Following a kickoff, the play clock would be set to 40 seconds to restart play more quickly. Also, the committee approved the addition of a 10-second runoff when instant replay overturns the ruling on the field inside of one minute in either half and the correct ruling would not have stopped the game clock.
March 2, 2018

NIT to experiment with 3 point arc, wider lane

Next month's NIT games will use experimental rules that include an extended 3-point line, a wider free-throw lane and 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves. The NCAA announced the changes Tuesday. The 3-point arc will move to roughly 22 feet, which is used by FIBA for international competition. The lane will expand from 12 feet to the NBA's 16 feet. Also, the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after offensive rebounds instead of the full 30 seconds. The NCAA says in its release that officials will review whether widened lanes "reduce physicality and create more driving opportunities," as well as the impact of the rule changes on "the pace and flow of the game." The NIT begins March 13 and ends March 29 in New York's Madison Square Garden.
February 28, 2018

Dawn Staley sues Missouri AD for slander; SEC fines him

South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley is suing Missouri's athletic director, saying he slandered her when he suggested she created an atmosphere that encouraged fans to spit on his players and use racial slurs. Staley's suit filed in Richland County asks for no more than $75,000 in damages from Sterk for disparaging her reputation. Also on Thursday, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey fined Jim Sterk $25,000 and reprimanded him for publicly criticizing Staley. Sterk broke a conference rule banning public criticism of other member institutions, their staff or players, Sankey said in a statement that also said SEC officials would review how South Carolina handles its crowd during games. "We take seriously the reports from Missouri's student-athletes about inappropriate language and actions directed at them by individual fans, and appreciate South Carolina's willingness to engage in a full review of fan behavior," Sankey said. The problems started the day after South Carolina's 64-54 win at home on Jan. 28. The teams have played three tough, physical games in a row, and Sterk said in a radio interview the latest game had an unhealthy atmosphere. "We had players spit on, and called the N-word and things like that. It was not a good environment and unfortunately, I think coach Staley promoted that kind of atmosphere," Sterk said on KTGR radio. Staley called the accusations "serious and false" right after they were made and said she lost sleep over them. South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner investigated, interviewing security personnel and others at the arena and found no evidence of spitting or racial slurs. He asked Sterk to retract his comments. Sterk then gave another radio interview where he did not take back his statement or apologize, but said he was moving on. "And kind of like in the words of that famous philosopher Forrest Gump, that's about all I've got to say about that," Sterk told 101 ESPN in St. Louis. Sankey said he has spent weeks trying to get the schools to solve their problems together, but failed. "While we always appreciate a healthy level of competitive intensity on the court, there is no place in this league for discord inside or outside of the arena," Sankey said. Staley's suit said the comments from Sterk were especially painful because they were broadcast around the world. "Because the Defendant will not retract the slanderous allegations and has flatly refused to admit the falsity of the same, Coach Staley has no choice but to bring this action to clear her good name and excellent reputation, along with the reputation of the South Carolina fan base," attorney Butch Bowers wrote in the lawsuit. The suit also details a number of Staley's accomplishments from her three Olympic gold medals and choice to carry the American flag at the 2004 Olympics in Athens to her place in the Basketball Hall of Fame to her national championship for South Carolina in 2017 and her seven times selected as a WNBA all-star.
February 22, 2018

Arizona's Trier suspended for trace amount of PED

The NCAA has declared Arizona's Allonzo Trier ineligible over reappearance of banned substance that led to 19-game suspension last season.
February 22, 2018

Hayden Fry to Receive NFF Legends Award

College Football Hall of Fame Coach Hayden Fry will receive the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter 2018 Legends Award. Fry will accept the honor during the chapter's 10th Annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 18, at 6 p.m. CT at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria. [Iowa football]
February 13, 2018

South Carolina men's coach Frank Martin fined $25,000 by SEC

The Southeastern Conference has fined South Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin $25,000 for comments about an official that issued him a technical foul during a home loss to Florida. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also reprimanded Martin for his comments. Martin went on tirade after Saturday's 65-41 loss , saying he was not happy that official Lee Cassell - although Martin did not mention him by name - was working the SEC game. Martin said the league gave Cassell his start and then he "turned his back on the SEC to go officiate the other leagues" The SEC said Martin's comments were against league rules about public criticism of officials or discussing what was talked about to league officials regarding officiating.
February 12, 2018

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