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Ohio State’s Gene Smith named to NCAA Commission on College Basketball

The newly created commission will examine three aspects of college hoops.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

With the help of the NCAA Board of Governors, Division I Board of Directors and NCAA President Mark Emmert, college basketball has a newly formed commission that will critically examine three different aspects of the game. Chaired by Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has been named to the new commission.

In light of recent events throughout the college basketball landscape, the three areas of focus for the committee, include:

  1. The relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities.
  2. The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA.
  3. Creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.

The first aspect includes review of apparel companies and other commercial entities, and ensuring that they can support programs in a transparent way. Keeping these entities from influencing the game, players, and recruits will be a priority. Included in the first area of focus is making sure that the student-athletes and their families are getting legitimate career advice, and not being taken advantage of by an agent or advisor who could ultimately hurt the players’ NCAA eligibility.

Aspect No. 2 would focus on the challenges with the NBA, specifically the "one and done" factor, and possible solutions that could include adjusting the NCAA eligibility rules for players, allowing a bit more flexibility.

Finally, the third area of focus deals with the relationship between the NCAA and member institutions, and their ability to promote transparency and accountability.

With the recent scandal in college basketball bringing in the FBI, it isn’t a bad idea to promote accountability and solve the problems in college athletics.

However, is it too little, too late?


Committee Roster

Name Title/Organization
Name Title/Organization
Dr. Condoleezza Rice Former Provost, Stanford University 66th U.S. Secretary of State
Mary Sue Coleman President Association of American Universities
General Martin E. Dempsey, U.S. Army, Retired Chairman USA Basketball
Mark Emmert President National Collegiate Athletic Association
Jeremy Foley Athletics Director Emeritus University of Florida Athletic Association
Jefferey A. Hathaway Vice President/Director of Athletics Hofstra University
Grant Hill Owner/Vice Chairman Atlanta Hawks
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. President University of Notre Dame
Mike Montgomery Retired Basketball Coach Analyst, Pac-12 Networks & Westwood One Sports
G.P. “Bud” Peterson (ex officio) President Georgia Institute of Technology
David Robinson Founder Admiral Capital Group
Kathryn Ruemmler Former White House Counsel Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Gene Smith Sr. Vice President & Wolfe Foundation Endowed Athletics Director, Ohio State University
John Thompson III Board of Directors, National Association of Basketball Coaches