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NCAA begins implementing complex reforms

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The most difficult part of the NCAA's attempt to clean up college basketball begins now.

Hours after former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice presented the Commission on College Basketball's sweeping recommendations for reforming a sport weighed down by corruption, NCAA leaders set in motion the process for turning those ideas into reality.

The NCAA Board of Governors, a group of 16 university presidents and the association's highest ranking body, unanimously endorsed all the commission's recommendations Wednesday. Now it's up to various subcommittees, working groups and college administrators to dig into a mountain of work over the next three months as the NCAA attempts to change NBA draft rules, create a new enforcement body, toughen penalties for rules violations, revamp summer recruiting and certify agents. All while trying to get buy-in from organizations that might not be motivated to help.


Loyola locks up Moser through 2025-26

CHICAGO (AP) Loyola-Chicago rewarded coach Porter Moser with a new contract through the 2025-26 season for a captivating Final Four run on Wednesday.

Though financial terms were not announced, Moser figured to be in line for a raise after the Ramblers captured the nation's imagination last month.


Commission: Enforcement process 'broken'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA is unfit to tackle complex, high-stakes investigations that can linger on for years, and should bring in professional outside enforcement on the biggest cases, a panel tasked with reforming corruption in college basketball concluded Wednesday after a seven-month investigation.

Reform proposals put forth Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball included the call for a "prompt radical transformation" to an enforcement system that is "broken" and often ill-equipped. Operating amid a federal fraud and bribery investigation into the sport, the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recommends creating a two-track system that outsources those top-tier cases for independent investigation and resolution, strengthens penalties and clarifies the NCAA's role in policing academic issues.


Commission to NCAA: Control AAU chaos

Every July, Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of elite youth basketball. Hundreds of top-level AAU teams descend upon Sin City during the summer evaluation windows for college coaches, playing games at dozens of sites across the city.

The Commission on College Basketball would like the NCAA to control some of the chaos.


Commission wants NCAA to regulate agents

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) With agent conduct a major part of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball, the commission charged with finding reforms wants the NCAA to actively monitor agents and provide regulated ways for them to advise athletes on their professional prospects.

The Commission on College Basketball proposed Wednesday that the NCAA develop "strict standards" for certifying agents, who would be allowed to interact with players as early as high school as long as they followed rules prohibiting them from providing improper benefits or entering into representation deals with the athletes.


Watson leaving Michigan to join Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Ibi Watson says he's transferring from Michigan to play basketball at Dayton.

The 6-foot-5 Watson made the announcement on his Twitter account Wednesday. Dayton also announced Watson's plans. Coach Anthony Grant says Watson has "seen firsthand what it takes to be successful at this level."


Kentucky to play in Bahamas in August

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky will play in the Bahamas for the first time since 2014 during an eight-day August trip featuring four games against professional teams.

The Wildcats will arrive Aug. 6 at Atlantis on Paradise Island to train before facing the Bahamas' national team and San Lorenzo de Almagra on Aug. 8-9 respectively. They will also play Mega Bemax and Team Toronto on Aug. 11-12. It will mark their first preseason foreign trip since going 5-1 in the islands before winning their first 38 games and reaching the Final Four.


South Carolina's program in flux

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Frank Martin's responses to questions about next year's roster seem to change daily.

Transfers, the NBA draft and one dismissal has left Martin's program in flux with as many as seven players from last year's roster who might not return. The scenario has Martin a little frustrated with the system.


Colorado St. G Nixon headed to Iowa St.

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has added Colorado State transfer Prentiss Nixon, a 6-foot-2 guard who averaged a team-high 16.2 points per game as a junior last season for the Rams.

Nixon also hit 152 3-pointers in three seasons at Colorado State. He will sit out next season and be eligible to play in 2019-2020, coach Steve Prohm said Tuesday.


3 top scorers leaving Milwaukee program

MILWAUKEE (AP) The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is losing its three top men's basketball players after coach Pat Baldwin's first year.

The leading scorers this season, junior guards Brock Stull and Jeremiah Bell and sophomore forward Bryce Nze, have received releases in order to transfer and play elsewhere.

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