The University Record, September 23, 1998

Goss appointed to NCAA basketball working group

By Joel Seguine
News and Information Services

Tom A. Goss, the Donald R. Shepard Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, has been appointed to a 27-member working group of Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) educators and sports administrators to examine issues affecting Division I basketball.

Chaired by Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw, the group will conduct its first of at least six meetings Oct. 13 in Chicago.

"Division I men's and women's basketball have become extremely popular. Millions of people watch games on television each year, and the men's and women's tournaments account for a significant portion of the NCAA's revenues," Shaw says. "It's appropriate for us [at this time] to thoroughly review any and all issues that significantly impact the sport."

Goss and President Lee C. Bollinger went on record in a Sept. 5 New York Times op-ed piece challenging both NCAA members and the National Basketball Association to make changes in recruiting and drafting rules that were proposed earlier this year by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany.

"Many of college basketball's problems--and we've not been immune from some of them at Michigan--stem from the vast amounts of cash poured into the sport by shoe and apparel companies," Bollinger and Goss wrote, "money that has drastically changed the way colleges recruit high-school-age players. Parents and [high school] coaches are no longer the primary influence for these young men in decisions about their futures. Instead, a network of summer basketball camps bankrolled by the shoe companies has taken over the recruiting process." The proposals call for prohibiting college coaches from attending the camps, eliminating freshman eligibility, providing minimum two-year scholarships, and encouraging the National Basketball Association to adopt a drafting policy similar to those of baseball and hockey, which requires a player who enters college to complete three years of study before being eligible for the draft.

The newly formed NCAA working group will be discussing these and a wide range of related issues, according to Shaw.

Representatives from a number of organizations, including the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coach's Association, National Basketball Association, NBA Players' Association, National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations, apparel and equipment companies, Amateur Athletic Union, camp operators, media representatives, and student-athletes may be invited to make presentations at hearings.

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