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Marcus Lee Returning For 2014-15

We all suspected Marcus Lee would come back. He's now made it official.


NCAA: Framework For Power Conference Autonomy

The NCAA news just keeps on coming today. The latest is that the NCAA directors have fleshed out the autonomy system proposed for the power conferences, namely the ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. John Infante has the details of this:

Basically everything the power conferences asked for is in the proposal. Those will still be part of shared governance by the entire Division I membership. Areas earmarked for autonomy include:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Academic support;
  • Meals and nutrition;
  • Most incidental benefits;
  • The value of a scholarship;
  • Rules relating to canceling an athlete’s scholarship;
  • Insurance and career transition (agents);
  • Transfer rules;
  • Time demands on athletes;
  • Recruiting contact; and
  • Personnel limits.

This is the beginning of Calipari's original prediction that the power conferences would break away from the NCAA, and the NCAA responding to that threat. This new proposal basically provides a vehicle for power conferences to be more permissive, spend more money, and do more things that are currently off limits by NCAA rule. Non-power conferences would also have an opportunity to do those "permissive" things as well, if they want. Conferences and individual institutions would be able to accept or decline the items at their discretion.

You should read Infante's whole piece as he fleshes this out quite a bit, and it actually kind of makes sense. It looks to me like it is a framework that may well address most of the power conferences' complaints, like stipends and things like that, without inflicting them on smaller schools. Smaller schools may adopt them if they want, but wouldn't be forced to.

Obviously, this will give power conferences a potentially significant recruiting advantage, but in all honesty, they mostly had that anyway. I suspect that once all this is done, you won't see near as many recruiting upsets from non-power conference schools as you do these days, because almost all recruits will be looking for ways to get into power conference schools because of the additional money they'll be willing to spend.

Times, they are a-changin', as old Bob Dylan used to sing ...


NCAA Relaxes Marijuana Penalties

Just when you thought it couldn't get much weirder at the NCAA, comes now news that the Indianapolis is going to de-stigmatize ganja, at least a little bit. From Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports:

The penalty for a positive marijuana test was reduced from a full season to half a season. The Legislative Council forwarded the measure. It is expected to breeze through approval, meaning each positive after Aug. 1 will, in the words, of the University of Texas make it more likely violators will be subject to "campus intervention."

I'm not quite sure why the NCAA, who's main focus is competition, would have a penalty for marijuana at all. Honestly, that is best left to law enforcement and the schools. If marijuana is not a PED, then the consequences to competition are non-existent, and I really think that's what the NCAA should be in the business of focusing on.

Rehab instead of suspension. That's a reflection of the nation's changing mores. Marijuana is still illegal in the majority of states but decriminalization is coming. That doesn't mean you have to agree with it. It means that placing pot in the same category as a steroid doesn't make sense.

I think this is right, at least in the last sentence. Decriminalization may or may not be coming, and frankly, it doesn't matter to me one way or the other. But if the NCAA would get out of the morality business when it comes to things like substances and stay in the business of making sure competition is fair and not tainted by PED's, I think it would be better for everyone. After all, we don't test regular scholarship students for marijuana, so why should student-athletes be singled out? I think the NCAA should simply stop testing for marijuana altogether, and let usage of that be dealt with legally and/or by the colleges themselves.

Is it just me, or is this really ironic when taken together with the recent change in meal policy? The NCAA — easing up on pot and the munchies associated with it. Kind of funny.


NCAA Proposes Change To Transfer Rule

The NCAA has proposed a change to the transfer rule. What it essentially boils down to is that student athletes who transfer due to "difficult life circumstances" (think Ryan Harrow last season) would no longer be granted immediate eligibility, but rather would be given an extra season of eligibility.

Essentially, they would still have to sit out a year in residence, but that year would not count against their eligibility. That would leave student-athletes in these circumstances with a total of six years of eligibility.

From the press release:

Some student-athletes who transfer schools as a result of difficult life or family circumstances should be allowed an extra year to complete their eligibility, according to a recommendation from the Division I Leadership Council.

Council members propose that student-athletes who cannot transfer and play immediately without a waiver be allowed a sixth year to complete their four years of eligibility, if they qualify.

The change would primarily impact student-athletes who play baseball, basketball, bowl subdivision football and men’s ice hockey as well as those in other sports who already used the one-time transfer exception.

These student-athletes would no longer be able to seek a waiver to transfer and compete immediately.

Ostensibly, this is being done to "...encourage student-athletes who must transfer based on hardships to focus on the circumstances prompting the transfer during their first year and adjust to their new school, while giving them a season back to complete their eligibility" Cynics will say that it's to help reduce the number of transfers that have to be adjudicated, and result in media criticism of the NCAA. Now, the decision will be less onerous and have fewer repercussions for the NCAA.


Quickies: Good Friday Edition

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Stoops and Brown talk about Whitlow's transfer. Calipari gives end of the season press talk. James Young declares for the NBA draft. Softball, baseball with big series beginning today. More.

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