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Scott says basketball one-and-done model making a ‘mockery’ of things

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on July 26, 2013 at 11:32 am with No Comments »
July 26, 2013 11:32 am

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott dropped a surprise at football media day when he touched on basketball. Scott doesn’t like the one-and-done rule and wants to change it. Here’s what he told the TNT about that:

Why address one-and-done?) “A lot of our concentration has been on football the last couple years, individually myself, as well as the work that we’ve done among the five big conferences and the BCS conferences. It’s become clear that the fact that we’ve got student-athletes every year coming into our schools that don’t even make it through a full year of school. And, in many cases, if we’re honest, not going to classes second semester, I think that makes a mockery of being a student-athlete and I don’t like the way it taints athletes in other sports with some of the negative image. I’ve been here for four years, I’ve had a lot to focus on with the conference in terms of media deals, expanding the 12, realignment, other things nationally. Now, basketball deserves us to turn our attention to that.”

What’s the solution to replace one-and-done?) “There are several different possible solutions. Ideally, I’d like to see them developed in concert with the NBA Players’ Association and the NBA. And, the beauty is there are plenty of models. There’s an NFL model. There’s a Major League Baseball model; we’ve got a menu to choose from. Maybe we’ll create our own model.”

What’s your personal preference?) “I’ve got some ideas. But I don’t want to put out a specific proposal, I want to talk to my colleagues about it. What’s in place now is not working.”

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