NCAA loosens restrictions on college basketball agent certification – USA TODAY



What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken explains the timing of the NCAA decision to crack down on student athletes that transfer schools.

In the face of intense criticism, the NCAA has amended its controversial certification requirements for agents advising college basketball players. 

Under the amended guidelines, prospective agents no longer must have a bachelor’s degree before they’re allowed to represent student-athletes who are considering a career in the NBA. The change makes a degree no longer mandatory as long as the agent is in good standing with the NBA Players Association.

Unofficially dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” — after the agent who represents LeBron James and several other NBA players — critics claimed a college degree has no impact on the quality of an agent’s work.

According to a news release, the NCAA made the change after having “been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest” and were granted waivers of the NBPA’s bachelor’s degree requirement.

The NCAA denied its rules targeted any particular agents. 

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