NCAA Assembles Commission To Remove "Bad Actors" From College Basketball
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA is putting together a committee that it says will remove "bad actors" from college basketball.
Responding to the federal investigation into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport, the NCAA, which is based in Indianapolis, is forming a committee to study the inner workings of college basketball to be led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"Individuals who break the trust on which college sports is based have no place here," said NCAA president Mark Emmertt in a prepared statement. "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.
Emmert said changes focused on the relationships between the NCAA, schools, athletes and coaches with outside entities like shoe companies, agents and financial managers need to be made. Another relationship that the committee will look at is the NCAA dealings with the NBA. Emmertt singles out the so-called "one and done" rule as a reason for the inquiry into their relationship with the NBA.
The commission is to deliver its recommendations on changes by April.
This all comes after an investigation by the FBI uncovered several occurrences of coaches being bribed by apparel giant Adidas, in order to pay high school recruits to sign with Adidas sponsored schools. In return, upon turning pro, these recruits would to sign endorsement deals with the company.
Among the notable figures named in the indictment from the New York district attorney's office are former University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, former Indiana Pacers player and Auburn associate head coach Chuck Person, and Brian Bowen, a five-star recruit from La Lamiere in LaPorte, who was paid $100,000 to sign with Louisville by Adidas.
The indictment says that Pitino funneled that money to Bowen. As a result, Pitino was relieved of his duties at UofL.
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