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NCAA Forms Commission To Address Basketball Coaching Scandal

Published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:14pm

A federal corruption probe continues to widen into the actions of college basketball coaches, including one at the University of Arizona.

The NCAA is responding to the scandal by starting a special commission, led by a former secretary of State.

In the wake of bribery allegations against four men’s assistant college basketball coaches, NCAA President Mark Emmert says it needs to quote “make substantive changes” and that coaches that violate trust should be kicked out of the game.

Last month, federal prosecutors in New York charged the four, including UA’s Emmanuel “Book” Richardson, with conspiring to illegally steer players to financial advisors and facilitating bribes.

The NCAA has mandated the formation of what it’s calling a Commission on College Basketball. It will be chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, an avid sports fan who is on the faculty at Stanford.

The commission will explore the NCAA’s relationship with outside entities, including the NBA and the league’s “one year and done” rule which allows players to turn pro after their freshman years in college.