SBD/Issue 163/Collegiate Sports

Myles Brand Discusses One-And-Done Rule, O.J. Mayo Coverage

Brand Discusses Recent Issues
Facing College Basketball
NCAA President Myles Brand, in a Q&A with Joseph Duarte of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, when asked about the NBA's age limit, said, "We need to keep in my mind that the NCAA itself has nothing to do with the basketball one-and-done rule. That's all negotiated between the NBA and the [NBPA]. Some may argue there's something wrong with the one-and-done rule, namely just having to be in school one year. I see it in a very different way. If you look at the whole situation, it's actually a help to education. Young men now have to prepare themselves in high school in order to go to college and be eligible to play in college in order to move on to the NBA if they are good enough." On NBA Commissioner David Stern's interest in expanding the requirement to two years, Brand said, "I'd rather them stay three or four years. Two is better than one." Asked if the Academic Progress Rate is working, Brand said, "Yes, it is. Again, it's not perfect, but not perfect in the sense that we are still sanctioning schools. If it was working perfectly, everybody would have got the message already, and we wouldn't have to sanction one-third of the Division I schools this year. We've seen measurable progress in terms of grade-point average and graduation and people staying in school." On forming a subcommittee to "examine ways to improve academic performance in basketball," Brand said, "We've tried to look at sports more individually. Particularly football and baseball over the last several years have seen good increments in academic performance. ... Basketball hasn't made much progress. ... One of the things we are considering is mandatory summer school for basketball." Asked if he has been "frustrated by the tone of coverage" in the case of former USC G and NBA Draft prospect O.J. Mayo, who has been accused of receiving improper gifts while in school, Brand said, "I think the part I don't like and find frustrating is that the next step to generalizing is, 'Oh, that shows there's something wrong with men's basketball'" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/14).

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