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Moreover, with the level that head Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart has recruited at in recent years, the Horns could see these rule changes impact more immensely talented commits to the program.

The NCAA announced that undrafted college basketball players may return to school in the future as part of a series of rule changes made public Wednesday.

The reforms also call for more transparency around amateur events and hold university presidents and chancellors accountable for noncompliance within the athletic department.

That follows late-April recommendations from the commission headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice following a federal investigation into alleged bribes and kickbacks created to influence recruits on choosing a school, agent or apparel company.

Schools would be required to provided tuition, fees and books assistance to players who left early and wanted to return to school within 10 years.

Emmert said the National Basketball Association and the NBPA have "expressed a keen interest in working with us" on this issue.

The agent would have to be certified by the NCAA no later than August 2020.

The agents can cover minimal costs, such as meals and travel expenses related to gauging interest in professional opportunities. But what I read didn't go almost far enough in protecting the interests of the "student-athlete".

ESPN's Jonathan Givony was trying to get to the bottom of the rule changes, and he initially noted some confusion about what was going on.

Most of the changes take effect beginning this school year.

The changes did not address several logistical issues. Athletes returning to school would have to demonstrate need for assistance. The NCAA would establish a fund to help schools that financially would struggle to meet this requirement.

The NCAA also adopted changes to enforcement policies, including the creation of an independent adjudicative body to handle complex cases that involve significant violations. The NCAA says that will save time since investigators would no longer have to independently confirm information outlined by other agencies or outside investigations. Coaches and athletics staff must now also report any income over $600 from a source outside the school, such as an apparel company.


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