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Mark Emmert forming Commission on College Basketball

National College Athletics Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert delivers a speech during an event of State of College Athletics in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. Emmert was in Tokyo on Wednesday offering Japanese sports industry leaders advice on forming its own collegiate athletics association. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

A recent scandal in college basketball has prompted NCAA president Mark Emmert to make changes.

Emmert secured an endorsement from both the NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors to form a Commission on College Basketball. Condoleezza Rice has agreed to chair the committee to work in critical facets of the system which Emmert defines as aspects that are “clearly not working.”

“The recent news of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball made it very clear the NCAA needs to make substantive changes to the way we operate, and do so quickly,” Emmert said in the statement. “Individuals who break the trust on which college sports is based have no place here. While I believe the vast majority of coaches follow the rules, the culture of silence in college basketball enables bad actors, and we need them out of the game. We must take decisive action. This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change.”

The commission will center around three key areas, which includes the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities; the NCAA’s relationship with the NBA, predominantly the one-and-done rule; and creating proper relationships between the universities and national office to promote accountability.

“We need to do right by student-athletes. I believe we can — and we must — find a way to protect the integrity of college sports by addressing both sides of the coin: fairness and opportunity for college athletes, coupled with the enforcement capability to hold accountable those who undermine the standards of our community,” Emmert said.

The ongoing bribery scandal that is rocking college basketball has already forced major changes at Louisville, with a handful of other big schools also involved. A New York grand jury just subpoenaed Oklahoma State because of its involvement. The investigation is ongoing.



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