NCAA makes rule change, allows basketball players to have agent

NCAA makes rule change, allows basketball players to have agent

We remain committed to promoting fairness in college sports and creating an environment that will champion the success of student-athletes.

The NCAA will also limit the kinds of "basketball-related events" high school athletes can go to, allowing only ones that the NCAA can vet.

First, it will allow players who have "request (ed) an Undergraduate Advisory Committee evaluation, participate (d) in the NBA combine and aren't drafted" to return to school and participate in college basketball again.

The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020.

The changes were recommended by the Commission on College Basketball, an independent group formed past year in response to a recruiting "pay-for-play" scandal that rocked the sport. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 National Basketball Association draft as the earliest. That relationship must end if the player decides to go to college.

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"The September 2017 announcement of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball recruiting made it clear the NCAA needed to make significant changes - and do so quickly", the NCAA wrote on it's website.

No schools were mentioned, but two Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, one in September and another in April, have identified recruiting practices that violate NCAA rules involving prospects who wound up at several schools, including Kansas.

The policies adopted by the NCAA's Board of Governors and Division I Council include the appointment of independent groups to handle and resolve complex cases. The NCAA now will also be able to use information obtained in outside investigations - such as the FBI - to aid in its own probes and also will now hold school presidents and chancellors personally accountable for their athletic departments following the rules.

In a teleconference with reporters Wednesday, Georgia Tech president and Board of Governors chairman Bud Peterson said those changes would "normally take us about two years through the governance process".

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