NCAA to form com­mis­sion in re­sponse to bribes

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The NCAA said it will form a com­mis­sion to study the in­ner work­ings of col­lege bas­ket­ball in re­sponse a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into bribery and fraud that rocked the sport and im­pli­cated sev­eral as­sis­tant coaches. The NCAA an­nounced the com­mis­sion Wed­nes­day and said former Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice will lead the com­mit­tee. “We need to do right by stu­dent-ath­letes,” NCAA pres­i­dent Mark Em­mert said in a state­ment. “I be­lieve we can — and we must — find a way to pro­tect the in­tegrity of col­lege sports by ad­dress­ing both sides of the coin: fair­ness and op­por­tu­nity for col­lege ath­letes, cou­pled with the en­force­ment ca­pa­bil­ity to hold ac­count­able those who un­der­mine the stan­dards of our com­mu­nity.”

Em­mert said the NCAA needs to quickly make “sub­stan­tive changes” in the way it op­er­ates. He said the changes will fo­cus on the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the NCAA, schools, ath­letes and coaches with out­side en­ti­ties like shoe com­pa­nies, agents and fi­nan­cial man­agers. The com­mit­tee will also ex­am­ine the ef­fects of the so-called “one and done” rule that prompts play­ers on a pro track to play in col­lege for one sea­son,

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