NCAA plans ‘decisive action’ in response to FBI investigation


NCAA plans ‘decisive action’ in response to FBI investigation

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall after having a meeting with the university's interim president Greg Postel in Louisville. Ky. A federal probe illuminates a shady side of college basketball recruiting filled with bribes and kickbacks. The probe also implicated Louisville for paying a player to attend the school, leading to Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich to be placed on administrative leave.
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The NCAA will form a Commission on College Basketball, chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in response to the recent federal investigation into the game by the FBI.

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the commission on Wednesday. It will begin its work in November and announce its findings in April.

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,” Emmert said in a statement, “and do so quickly. 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 focus on “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities,” the effect of the NBA’s one-and-done rule on college basketball and “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”

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