Mark Emmert doesn't officially become the NCAA's new president until Nov. 1, but he's not waiting to give an opinion on various matters.
Like the NBA's one-and-done rule.
"I have not obviously talked with the heads of any of the professional sports," he told USA Today. "But the impact of their policies and rules on intercollegiate sports is significant, and I intend to build relationships with those people to see how we can work together to mutual advantage if we can do that. The one-and-done rule would just be another example of things we could work on.
"We have to make sure we're proactive in building those relationships, and I'd expect to continue to do that with [NBA Commissioner David] Stern and others."
He says the rule "certainly creates a challenge" when it comes to fostering an environment for student-athletes, but knows he can't directly challenge the NBA. It's their rule after all.
Oddly enough, Mike DeCourcy thought Emmert did challenge Stern and issued a wagging finger Emmert's way. It's strange, given that Emmert would be trying to revamp one of the college game's biggest flaws. Why not go Blue Sky at the start? You can always compromise.
DeCourcy argues Emmert should've been more pragmatic:
Obviously it would be best for all involved if the age minimum were raised to 20 years. That's what Stern wants, and Emmert should have endorsed that position.
I'm sure hoopheads could live with that outcome, but I like Emmert's goal. Nothing wrong with stating what you'd like best.
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