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NCAA basketball changes: Players can use agents

NCAA basketball changes: Players can use agents

The NCAA unveiled several rule changes Wednesday, in hopes of eradicating - or more realistically, reducing - the significant amount of corruption, which recently stained the sport and was exposed a year ago through an FBI investigation.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month the league is ready to allow high school players to enter the draft directly again, and it could resume in 2021, while Division I schools will be required to pay tuition, fees and books for players who leave and then return to the same school to complete their degree, through an NCAA-established fund.

In maybe the most notable correction to the recruiting scandals, those agents will have the freedom to pay for meals and transportation for both players and their families, as long as those expenses are related to the agent selection process, and meals, transportation and lodging for meetings with an agent or pro team.

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Rice said the vast majority of schools play by the rules but a "win at all cost" approach by others who have been inadequately punished must be changed.

In the past, if a college basketball player declared for the draft, they had until 10 days after the draft combine to return to school.

The NCAA on Wednesday announced sweeping rule changes for basketball, including allowing players to hire an agent and participate in the NBA Draft, yet still retain eligibility. For instance, student-athletes can make up to five official visits during their junior year of high school and another five visits during their senior year.

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They'll also be allowed to be represented by agents, in college and, for some, as high school prospects.

University presidents and chancellors will also now be personally resposible for their athletics programs abiding by the NCAA's rules.

Here's to hoping that the NCAA and National Basketball Association can work together to create new rules that make sense for everybody involved.

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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.