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FEELING THE DRAFT? COACH K PUSHES FOR B-BALL TO GOVERN SELF
Published June 22, 1999
Duke Univ. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said yesterday that "college basketball needs its own governing body apart from other NCAA sports" to deal with the issue of schools losing underclassmen to the NBA "at an alarming rate," according to Paul Ensslin of the WASHINGTON POST. Krzyzewski said that college basketball is changing at a "torrid pace that the NCAA can't keep up with" unless it is constantly monitored. Krzyzewski: "The game is played on a day-to-day basis. It must be governed on a day-to-day basis. That's the only way to really solve problems. Agents watch our sport every day; they are always looking for an opportunity." Krzyzewski said the proposal to make freshmen ineligible is "a good move from an educational aspect," but said that it would eventually lead to the creation of another league and cause fewer high school players to go to college (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22). Krzyzewski: "I think the NCAA is negligent, is what I'm saying. Let's come up with a body that governs this game at the college level" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/22). MERELY FRESHMEN? Tufts University President John DiBiaggio writes an Op-Ed the WASHINGTON and states that "no first-year student, male or female, in any major sport, should be eligible for intercollegiate athletics. ... The most important thing is to help [them] adapt to the academic and social demands of college life" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/22).