“Unless your university or athletic department has some sort of attendance policy, if you have a kid who knows he’s going to be in school one year, all he has to do is sign up for classes in the second semester,” Capel said. “He never has to go, unless there is some punishment if he does miss. To me, those kids are just using college for the wrong reasons.”
Capel thinks any revised rule should require players to stay in school a minimum of two years. NBA commissioner David Stern has indicated he wants to raise the minimum age to 20. But Stern became defensive in February during an appearance on the ESPN radio show hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. On that show, Dick Vitale called on Stern to sit down with the NCAA and find a logical solution to the rule, which Vitale called an “absolute joke and fraud to the term ‘student-athlete.’ ”
“First of all, the joke that exists is an NCAA joke,” Stern said. “The idea that the NBA gets blamed for a school and a coach having a player who doesn’t go to classes in the second semester, is not the NBA’s fault. Someone better step up and take responsibility for that.”
Stern said he knows plenty of coaches who enforce attendance rules and the players are better off for it.
Asked about the criticism that the great college players stay only one year, Stern said, “Well, that’s OK with us. It’s better than coming right out (of high school) because we get a chance to see them either in the (developmental) league, in college, or in Europe playing against more elite competition. Would we like it to be two years (in school)? Sure, but what would you give to get that?
“It’s strictly a matter of collective bargaining with the players’ association. Our rule is about our business, and we can’t change it unless we negotiate with the players’ association.”
This is one rule that can’t be changed through NCAA legislation.
“And if the NBA is not on board,” Self said, “nothing is going to happen.”
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