SALT LAKE CITY — The Pac-12 has released the recommendations of a task force it created to propose reforms to college basketball. The group favors the elimination of the “one and done” rule, “tougher enforcement independent from the NCAA,” and “sweeping changes” to recruiting rules.

The task force, which includes Utah athletics director Chris Hill, was created after last fall’s federal indictments in college basketball. The group produced a 50-page report that was unanimously approved by the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors.

It’s now available to the public online at The proposals have also been forwarded to the NCAA commission chaired by Condoleezza Rice, which is also studying possible reforms.

“I think what we wanted to accomplish is to get some more thinking into the national committee, tell them what we thought from our special committee and add it to at least things they would consider,” Hill said. “And I think that’s where we are. I think we accomplished that in regards to getting them some of our guidance.”

Hill added that he has spoken with members of the national committee and they didn’t volunteer to do so without making sure they made some substantive changes.

In releasing its report, the Pac-12 announced that the “proposed reforms, intended to improve compliance and reduce abuses associated with the influence of commercial third parties” break into four areas — NCAA eligibility, NCAA enforcement practices, recruitment practices and compliance education for prospective student-athletes and their families.

“The reforms proposed by our Pac-12 task force will help preserve the integrity of collegiate basketball and provide the choice, education and protection that our student-athletes deserve,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “We look forward to working with the NCAA commission, our fellow conferences, the NBA and its players association, and other key stakeholders to bring about this much-needed change.”

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero also had a statement in the announcement.

“Now is the time to step up and make changes to both restore trust in our game and protect the best interest of our student-athletes,” he said. “We need to reform our rules, strengthen their enforcement and rebuild confidence, both in the integrity of our sport and of the educational mission of our universities.”

The task force recommendations include:

• End “one and done” and preserve eligibility for athletes who are drafted but don’t sign. The Pac-12 is asking the NBA to drop its ban on drafting players coming straight from high …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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Pac-12 releases its task force report on college basketball reform

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