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NCAA Freshmen Ineligibility Rule To Be Reinstated?

Last May the commissioner of the Pac-12, Larry Scott, sent out NCAA reform ideas to their Power 5 conference colleagues. The 7th item on the list was getting rid of the “One and Done” Phenomenon. Several of the other conference commissioners agreed that the “One and Done” needs to be exterminated. They have come up with some ideas about how to get rid of this, and one of them is reinstating the freshmen ineligibility rule that was eradicated in 1972.

Under this freshmen ineligibility rule, freshmen would basically be redshirted. The freshmen can still practice with the team, but they cannot play in games. This is so that the players can transition to college life and to keep up with their school work. The rule’s main objective is to ensure that players are getting educated, so that when they are done playing a sport they will have a career to fall back on.

But a question is, would this rule only be for basketball, or would it also be in effect for football? This question is yet to be answered, so we will just have to wait and see what the NCAA decides if they decide to enact the freshmen ineligibility rule. Another question is, would this rule be for freshmen who are below the academic benchmark of a 2.0 high school GPA or for everyone? The NCAA is also thinking of raising the needed high school GPA from 2.0 to 2.3. Personally, If a student athlete isn’t at or above the minimum GPA requirements, they do not need to be playing sports.

Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner believes that this will be a major issue moving forward. Especially with NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, trying to raise the NBA minimum age from 19 to 20. ACC commissioner John Swofford says that now is the best time for this issue to come about because if it were brought up 5 to 10 years ago it would’ve been viewed as a radical idea. I think that Swofford is correct when he says that it isn’t a radical idea anymore.

Personally, I do not like the idea of making freshmen ineligible because it takes away from the game. No one wants to wait a year to see 5-star recruits in either basketball or football.  However, I DO think that the “One and Done” trend needs to be abolished. The NCAA needs to make it to where you have to be at least a sophomore to declare for the NBA because the game loses interest when you finally get to learn who the great players are then they leave for the NBA. I advocate removing the “One and Done” trend, but I do not want to see freshmen become ineligible.

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