Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N
NCAA President Miles Brand is in Houston and was interviewed by Houston Chronicle Reporter Joseph Duarte. Click here for the entire interview.
Q: What do you think about the one-and-done rule that allows athletes to play a year of college basketball before leaving for the NBA?
A: We need to keep in my mind that the NCAA itself has nothing to do with the basketball one-and-done rule. That's all negotiated between the NBA and the players' association. Some may argue there's something wrong with the one-and-done rule, namely just having to be in school one year. I see it in a very different way. If you look at the whole situation, it's actually a help to education. Young men now have to prepare themselves in high school in order to go to college and be eligible to play in college in order to move on to the NBA if they think they are good enough. They are getting a better education in high school. They are more prepared to enter college and become eligible in college. Even for those (13 one-and-done student-athletes who have declared for next month's NBA draft), they've still been exposed in the classroom to higher education, and many of them will come back to complete their degree.
Sorry, I don't buy it. The NCAA a victim of the NBA? I don't think so. I think the NCAA is complicit with the NBA in allowing a system that is neither good for student athletes nor academic sports programs.
One premise is that high school players take their high school studies more seriously because they know they will have to get into a college to play the year before they turn pro. That would be true if all universities had "real" academic standards; but, we know most of them don't.
And, then there's the one year of exposure beats no exposure rationale -- quickly followed by the "many" of them come back to graduate.
I want to see the empirical evidence of the class load, degree of difficulty, attendance and grades of the 13 one-and-dones from this year. I'll bet many larded up on Senora Rosa type classes, barely attended, and did not earn sufficiently legitimate grades to justify Mile's statement that they benefited from the educational experience.
And, under that rationale, two years would be even better for them -- and keep the system honest because they would not be able to play the second year if they did not pass their coursework.
Finally, I want to know how many one-and-dones have come back to complete their degrees.
The NCAA should have the empirical data to answer these questions. if Miles wants to make his case -- he should give us more than opinions. He should give us facts.
Yes, I know that my criticism will fall on hostile ears -- after all, we benefited from a magnificent one-and-done who by all reports proved himself in the classroom and community as well as on the hardwoods. But, Kevin Love was not typical. I believe him when he says he will be back to graduate. But, I wouldn't believe OJ2 if he swore his intention to return any more than I believed that OJ1 would not stop looking until he found the killers.
I think the NBA should either let kids in, right away, or create a one year farm league for them. Pay them and let them play. That's the sc model. And, I believe the NCAA should have enough clout to force a 2 year rule.
The NCAA wants to argue that it cannot control a student who enrolls, plays a year and then leaves. A 2 year rule would be easily subverted.
That's a bit disingenuous. Coaches who want to know whether a player will be a one-and-done know what questions to ask. And, they also know how to follow their kids in class to make sure they are taking a real load and attending. At this time, other than "honor" there is not much of a reason for a team to try to avoid one-and-dones.
Another approach would be to allow a team one one-and-done a every 3 years -- with a sanction if the school deliberately or inadvertently has more.
Bottom Line: The NCAA is not a victim. It is a perpetrator.
Disclaimer: I know there are many thoughtful people here who favor the one-and-done rule, who see college sports as "professional education" and who believe it is OK to take a university's resources -- a spot in the freshman class -- for one who simply wants to avoid the black hole of inactivity between high school and the NBA.
I respectfully disagree with your arguments as I'm sure you do mine. I've never viewed the mission of a great university to be turning out professional athletes. But, then again, I'm an Academic Geezer.