Commission on College Basketball

Joint Statement on Commission on College Basketball

By the time the 2018-19 season tips off, the NCAA will adopt a series of bold legislative, policy and structures changes that will profoundly alter the college basketball landscape. Today, the NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board...

Commission on College Basketball Charter

  1. Charge. The Commission on College Basketball has been established by the NCAA Board of Governors, Division I Board of Directors and NCAA President to fully examine critical aspects of Division I men’s basketball. The Commission is strongly encouraged to identify bold legislative, policy and structural modifications to improve the integrity of our processes and the well-being of our student athletes. Further, the boards stand ready and are committed to implement appropriate meaningful and lasting changes. Specifically, the commission will focus on three areas:
    1. The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities, including:
      1. Apparel companies and other commercial entities, to establish an environment where they can support programs in a transparent way but not become an inappropriate or distorting influence on the game, recruits or their families.
      2. Nonscholastic basketball, with a focus on the appropriate involvement of college coaches and others.
      3. Agents or advisors, with an emphasis on how students and their families can get legitimate advice without being taken advantage of, defrauded or risking their NCAA eligibility.
    2. The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA and the challenging effect the NBA’s so-called “one and done” rule has had on college basketball, including how the NCAA can change its own eligibility rules to address that dynamic.
    3. Creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability. The commission will be asked to evaluate whether the appropriate degree of authority is vested in the current enforcement and eligibility processes, and if the collaborative model provides the investigative tools, cultural incentives and structures to ensure exploitation and corruption cannot hide in college sports.
  2. Composition. The Commission on College Basketball will be composed of the following members:

    Dr. Condoleezza Rice (chair)
    Former Provost, Stanford University
    66th U.S. Secretary of State

    Mary Sue Coleman
    Association of American Universities

    General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired
    USA Basketball

    Mark Emmert (ex officio)
    National Collegiate Athletic Association

    Jeremy Foley
    Athletics Director Emeritus
    University of Florida Athletic Association

    Jeffrey A. Hathaway
    Vice President/Director of Athletics
    Hofstra University

    Grant Hill
    Owner/Vice Chairman
    Atlanta Hawks

    Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
    University of Notre Dame

    Mike Montgomery
    Retired Basketball Coach
    Analyst, Pac-12 Networks and Westwood One Sports

    G.P. “Bud” Peterson (ex officio)
    President, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Chair, NCAA Board of Governors

    David Robinson
    Admiral Capital Group

    Kathryn Ruemmler
    Former White House Counsel
    Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

    Gene Smith
    Sr. Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director
    Ohio State University

    John Thompson III
    Board of Directors
    National Association of Basketball Coaches

  3. Duties and Responsibilities of the Commission. The commission will gather information and expert opinions for making transformative recommendations to the DI Board of Directors and NCAA Board of Governors on the needed legislation, policies, actions and structure(s) to protect the integrity of college sports, with a focus on Division I men’s basketball. The goal is for the commission to complete its work with a report to the boards for action at their April 2018 meetings.
  4. Appointment/Terms of Office.
    1. Appointments. The commission chair and members are appointed by the NCAA president.
    2. Term. Members will serve an initial six-month term.
  5. Meeting Frequency and Flexibility. The commission will have at least four meetings by March 2018, with periodic briefings to the executive and administrative committees of the boards and a final briefing to the full boards in April 2018. Meetings can occur by teleconference, videoconference, or in-person.

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