View Full Version : New NCAA rule: For or Against?

05-20-2007, 04:33 PM
From Andy Katz's Daily Word:

No more agents. No more compliance officers checking expenses with parents or friends to ensure they covered the travel, lodging and food.

No more headaches for underclassmen trying to explore the early-entry draft process.

That's the plan and the hope beginning in 2008 after the NCAA passed a new tryout rule at its meetings last month.

But this month coaches at conference meetings are discussing it and according to Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, the ACC coaches weren't in favor.

That's because the thinking is that more players will declare if they know they can have the expenses paid for a 48-hour period by an NBA team. And the kicker is that a player can have each NBA team, all 30 of them, pay for one workout.

Of course players can't get to all of the teams before making up their minds on whether to stay in the draft after the NBA changed the rule this season that shortened the workout window to June 6 (after the pre-draft camp in Orlando) to June 28 (the day of the draft) or June 18 (for those who will withdraw from the draft).

Currently, NBA teams cannot pay expenses for underclassmen who wish to hold onto their eligibility. The league office does pick up the tab for the pre-draft camp in Orlando (there was a brief time in Chicago when that wasn't the case).

The rule,, states that the 48-hour window starts when the player arrives at the NBA facility. If a tryout extends beyond 48 hours, then the individual must self-finance any additional return expenses. The rule states that a self-financed tryout can be for any length of time as long as the player doesn't miss class.

The interpretation of the rule, according to the NCAA, is to allow the players to gain a credible evaluation of their pro chances so they don't listen to outside influences with other motives.

The rules are also in line with players' pre-enrollment since the NBA does allow teams to pay for high school seniors to work out. The problem is that rule now outdated since the NBA changed its draft rule last year. High school seniors are no longer allowed to go directly to the NBA. They must be 19 years old and a year out of high school to apply.

Bottom line: this helps avoid agents paying for workouts or anyone else who isn't supposed to be funding travel. The examples of this happening are too many to count with a number of players over the years getting penalized for taking funds to pay for workouts. Most recently, former Kentucky center Randolph Morris was suspended for 14 games for a similar offense two seasons ago.

"Anyone who is going on flying trips for workouts is likely breaking the rules," said Pitt coach Jamie Dixon of underclassmen who have been known to zip around the country in a matter of days, allegedly on their own dime. "It would take away the stress if the NBA is paying for it."

This spring, there are a host of underclassmen like Virginia's Sean Singletary, Marquette's Dominic James, Washington's Spencer Hawes, Georgetown's Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert that could be in the situation of having to pay for team workouts to ensure their eligibility.

05-20-2007, 05:17 PM
I'm sure someone will figure out a way to abuse it. somehow.

But on its face it looks like a player who can generate enough interest for an nba team to look at him can now recover the costs of showing off his wares.

It seems to fall into line with what amounts to a job interview. and at these prices, the applicants are instant millionaires if they are chosen.

So paying for a job interview, so to speak, makes sense, for the companies seeking new employees of this caliber to pay their expenses.

It would also seem to make the accounting process and tracking possible abuse easier, too, since the paperwork would be a matter of record on the nba team's books as an expense, too.

05-20-2007, 06:00 PM
I'm all for taking agents out of the loop with respect to underclassmen. The NBA had already laid down the framework with the new age/college requirements.....otherwise Oden and Durant would have taken the route of Lebron James directly into the NBA from high school. Imagine the logistics and potential controversy of flying high school kids to a workout. The NBA knew long ago where this was all headed. And they may not be done with the tweaking yet.