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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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Agree with most of the original post.
The NCAA, NBA and NBAPA contribute equal monies to fund the equivalent of the 'D' League with monies going to players, coaches and for educational programs allowing kids upon HS graduation to play professionally here in the US.

Transfers sit-out for a year under all situations unless the previous school drops the program.

If a scholarship player leaves school early to play professionally, that scholarship is lost until his entering class graduates.

I would like to see a requirement that a team have a better than 500 record in intraconference play to qualify for the tourney,
 

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Love it.

1. Scholarships aren't "guaranteed" but most schools just aren't terrible people who pull someone's scholarships. Institutionally, the ADs are like "You signed them, you're stuck with them." But the coaches will just tell the player "you won't play here, you should transfer" to free up the scholarship; But having that guaranteed instead of relying on people to be good people is good/better.

7. (no losing conference records in NCAAs at-larges) Totally on board!
8. I'd go even further: All OOC schedules must have an equal number of home/road contests. Or OOC schedules are computer generated by the NCAA.

9. Love the "Conferences shall not exceed 14 members" but I personally think it should a much SMALLER NUMBER, but forcing conferences to break up isn't going to happen.
10/11. I think 18 is actually way too many. I think it should be a SINGLE ROUND ROBIN maximum for every league. This would eliminate the conference snowball effect and force a more inter-related data set among teams in difference conferences.

15. "Head coaches cannot leave a program while under contract unless a buyout is agreed upon between his current and future employers." This is basically how it works now. Really the non-BCS schools need to just start putting insane buyouts in their coaches' contracts, so BCS teams can steal your coach... "for $20 million and by playing four games at that school's home arena over the next 10 years"

I don't know the AAU world, so not touching that.

19. 72 team NCAA with play-in rounds between the 16 seeds and 15 seeds is something I disagree with. Conference champions should enter in the Round of 64, PERIOD. Adding more rounds for the last at-larges, I am fine with.

20. I'm okay with the football stadiums. Bad experience for fans in person.... but their team is in the Final Four, so they're happy with whatever and it makes more money which raises the amount you get for making the field.

Personally, I think the biggest change should be the NCAA revenue is divided 32 ways to each conference and ditch the unit system. Conferences can decide if they want to divide that up with a performance metric vs just dividing it evenly, but switching to "32 equal shares" instead of "how many bids/wins a conference gets" would be incredible for parity.

I think the fewer at-large bids in the hands of committees, which are biased, is better. Some type of actually fair metric that systematically seeds teams is preferable to 10 guys thinking they know BCS team is better than non-BCS team even though we get things like George Mason, VCU and Loyola in the Final Four.
 

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You get 1 NCAA unit for making the field (68), and 1 extra unit per win up until the final four (64 units). Which means there are 132 units.
So, we all know the NCAA units are a six-year thing, so that there's no "million dollar free throw."

If they divided the pool and made 32 equal shares, one per conference they wouldn't need the six-year rolling thing;

Every conference would be getting $18.75 million each, per year.

Instead of the ACC getting $30 million a year and the SWAC getting $280,000 a year. What that would do for parity would be tremendous.
 

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Would the MTE's count as part of the 3 necessary OOC road games?
 

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Would the MTE's count as part of the 3 necessary OOC road games?
I wouldn’t count them. They’re not road games. They’re neutral. Basically, why should teams with already-inherent financial advantages be allowed to collectively purchase better OOC records by rarely going on the road?
 

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Did they fix the drains?
Ha good one res! Actually they spent around $13 million replacing pumps when the Arena as renovated. I’ve read that the Arena sits on the original channel of the Great Miami River - the river channel was diverted after the Great Flood of 1913.

You should experience the Arena’s vibe instead of making impulsive snarky comments. You can be one of the Faithful. We are an inclusive fan base.
 

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Ha good one res! Actually they spent around $13 million replacing pumps when the Arena as renovated. I’ve read that the Arena sits on the original channel of the Great Miami River - the river channel was diverted after the Great Flood of 1913.

You should experience the Arena’s vibe instead of making impulsive snarky comments. You can be one of the Faithful. We are an inclusive fan base.
Send him a sweater vest and he’ll be one of the Faithful for sure.
 
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