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I posted this on the Bona board on A10talk, but also wanted to put it here. JP will probably poke all sorts of holes in my reasoning, but these were just whimsical spit balls...

Working remotely often leaves me quite bored; consequently, I typed up some ideas to make Division 1 college basketball more equitable, efficient, and generally reasonable. Some people will hate this...
  1. Any high school player who signs a National Letter of Intent is guaranteed four years of full scholarship—provided he/she meets officially established university, program, and legal standards. NLIs can be signed at any time from the beginning of the academic year until the attending college commences classes the following fall semester.
  2. Any high school player who signs an Athletics Grant-in-Aid is guaranteed two years of full scholarship—provided he/she meets officially established university, program, and legal standards. GIAs can be signed at any time from the conclusion of the NCAA basketball season until the attending college commences classes in the fall semester. If a player’s GIA is not renewed after two years, then he/she is eligible to transfer without a year in residence.
  3. All undergraduate transfers sit for one year in residence. The only exceptions include the aforementioned GIA scenario and mutually documented run-offs.
  4. Any program exceeding an average of one annual run-off over a 10-year period will face sanctions (depending upon severity).
  5. All graduate transfers are under scholarship for two academic years and count toward any new program’s limit for that same period; the player and program decide between immediate eligibility and a year in residence.
  6. Players may not transfer between NCAA Division 1 institutions after the final week in June (most institutions' year-end).
  7. No team with a losing regular season conference record can earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
  8. To be eligible for the NCAA Tournament, programs in Division 1 Men’s Basketball must play a minimum of three (3) true road games during the out-of-conference schedule.
  9. Conferences shall not exceed 14 members.
  10. Conferences shall not exceed 18 league games during the regular season.
  11. Conferences must play a minimum of 14 league games during the regular season.
  12. All programs in Division 1 Men’s Basketball will participate in a multi-team event (MTE) during the out-of-conference schedule.
  13. All programs in Division 1 Men’s Basketball will play 31 regular season games.
  14. Intra-conference programs cannot compete against one another as part of the OOC.
  15. Head coaches cannot leave a program while under contract unless a buyout is agreed upon between his current and future employers.
  16. Sneaker companies cannot have any affiliation beyond gear sponsorship with high school basketball events—including AAU and other recruiting showcases.
  17. All AAU and recruiting showcases must be sanctioned by the NCAA. If a player participates in a non-sanctioned event, then he/she is ineligible to play at an NCAA institution for one calendar year.
  18. No program in Division 1 Men’s Basketball shall exceed playing one (1) non-D1 opponent.
  19. The NCAA Tournament shall expand to 72 teams; the play-in rounds will take place between the 16 seeds and 15 seeds, respectively, in neutral regional locations (East; Midwest; South; West).
  20. All games in the NCAA Tournament shall be played in basketball arenas—no longer in football stadiums/domes.
  21. The National Invitation Tournament will no longer accept automatic bids from conferences’ regular season champions (those who do not go on to earn an NCAA bid).
  22. All NIT bids will be on an at-large basis.
  23. To receive an at-large NIT bid, a team must have an overall winning record.
  24. The 32-team NIT will be played in four regions prior to NYC (East; Midwest; South; West regions prior to MSG) over the course of one week (To avoid scheduling conflicts with the NCAA Tournament, the 1st and 2nd rounds will be on the Tuesday and Wednesday following Selection Sunday; quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals will be played the following Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in MSG).
 

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That there is a lot o' spit-ballin'. Fodder for arguing.

1 and 2 - if an athlete back out of an NLI/GIA without a coaching change prior to attending, they should be treated as a transfer and must sit 1.
3 - yes, run-offs should be impossible if an NLI is essentially a 4 year contract
4 - tough to patrol
5 - YES, I believe we've commented on this in the past, that's a 2 year commitment, period
7 - has to be implemented
9 - don't care - let the P5/P6 have > 14 teams who cares, if you implemented .500+ that means more P5/P6 ineligibile off the bat
10/11 - 14..20 IMO
12/13 - tough logistically? but agree
14/15/16/17 - agree
18 - ehh, don't care
19 - i'd like 96, but the 32 conference champs are guaranteed the field of 64
20 - would never happen but yeah
21/22/23 - agree, would also think .500+ in conference should apply
 

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If only 3, 5, 7, and 8 happened, it would be a huge improvement. Those and the sneaker/AAU rules seem like common sense to me.
 
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