NCAA forms new basketball commission led by Rice amid FBI probe
US university sports’ National Collegiate Athletic Association is creating a new commission on college basketball in an attempt to tackle issues surrounding the federal investigation into alleged corruption involving several universities and major sports brands.
The commission is headed up by Condoleezza Rice, the former US secretary of state.
Late last month, the country’s Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested 10 people, including university coaches, managers and financial advisers as part of a probe into alleged bribery involving the recruitment of basketball players at top universities.
Those charged included Jim Gatto, the director of basketball global sports marketing at Adidas, who is accused of conspiring with others to divert money to high school basketball players and their families to encourage them to join universities that have deals with the company, and then to sign with Adidas if they turn professional.
In response to the investigation, Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, has launched the commission and appointed Rice who has experience in the field having been a member of college American football’s playoff selection committee.
Emmert has said the commission will examine:
The commission will begin work next month and will deliver its recommendations at the NCAA’s board meeting next April.