For those who aren't aware (like I wasn't until recently) Condoleeza Rice has been hired by the NCAA and Mark Emmert to provide long term "fixes" to college basketball. Their findings are supposed to be released today. Some of the expected changes include:
Ending One and done (although this is an NBA rule, not NCAA)
Changing summer league basketball by either disallowing coaches to attend shoe-sponsored camps, or the NCAA starting their own league.
Liberalizing agent rules: allowing players to have earlier contact with agents without having to declare for the draft.
Transparent apparel deals, mostly with coaches compensation.
Changing/removing "self-enforcement" of violations.
5 year post-season ban on violators for the 1st offense, as well as loss of all postseason revenue during the ban.
Baseball model is almost certanly not going to happen.
Emmert would like to begin implementing the recommended changes this year and has said that he intends to follow through with everything they suggest, so there could be really big changes to basketball soon.
Semi-relate article on the history of "student athletes" and where everything sits today. Really good article detailing the major legal cases that have brought us to where we are today. Of note, The UNC issue, and how the NCAA couldn't go after UNC because fewer than half the students who took the fake classes weren't athletes, so it was a school issue, not an athletics issue.
Talks about the supreme court cases that have shaped college sports, including the coinage of the term student athlete, and another SC Justice who mandated that college athletes not be paid. Good read if you haev the time or inclination.
UPDATE: IT HAS BEEN RELEASED.
As noted by a couple of users in the 247 rankings thread, the composite was updated this afternoon now that Rivals, ESPN, and 247 have all released their final 2018 rankings. There are a couple of small changes from earlier today (and one large drop for Nunez):
Ignas Brazdeikis: 36th / 4-star
Brandon Johns: 65th / 4-star
David DeJulius: 98th / 4-star
Colin Castleton: 117th / 4-star
Adrien Nunez: 291st(!) / 3-star
Not sure what happened with the Nunez composite ranking - earlier today he was at 216. Regarless, we end up with 1 Top 50 recruit and 3 total in the Top 100. Four 4-star recruits and one 3-star recruit.
For those interested, Taylor Currie ended up at as a 3-star at 191. Also, Indiana still has a chance to bring the Big 10 it's lone Top 10 recruit if they can sign Romeo Langford (6th in the composite). He would join Jalen Smith (14th in the composite / signed with Maryland) as the lone 5-star recruits in the B1G for 2018.
Home: vs Nebraska, vs Ohio State, vs Purdue
Road: at Illinois, at Iowa, at Rutgers
Home/Road: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Wisconsin
LINK for Matt Mooney
On Monday, he indicated he’d narrowed the choices for his next school down to Texas Tech, Creighton, Arizona State, Northwestern and Utah State.
With Ibi Watson transferring, and Wagner going pro, Michigan has 1 available scholarship and he seemed like the perfect option.
Has anyone else heard any other names as potential transfers (grad or not)?
I recall a post 4 or 5 years ago ranking Michigan basketball coaches. Everyone agreed that Beilein was up there, but some thought that Fisher, Orr or Strack (all great coaches) had done as much or more. As someone who has had tickets since the late 90s I think that this article does an excellent job of summarizing how far we've come. The 2009 tournament bid was a revelation (Crisler was half full for the televised announcement), and back then the idea that we'd be finalists twice in 5 years was something that no one would've thought possible.
In any case, this article puts what Beilein has accomplished in the last decade in outstanding perspective and I think is worth a read:
Where should Moe go, you know?
Ok, I apologize for that. But, what would your pick be for the NBA landing place for our favorite Berliner?
I'll take the easy one, and let someone more savvy think of something smart. Golden State, with all the shooting that they already have, could provide a unique opportunity: can you imagine the pick and pop, and probably offensive sets specific to the talent of that personnel set?
Ok, what else do you have for me?