Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'One and Done' Works for UK, but Not NCAA

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

'One and Done' Works for UK, but Not NCAA

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Even after the stars had perfectly aligned Monday night to deliver another college basketball championship to Kentucky, Wildcats head coach John Calipari did his best to dismiss the notion that he's a fan of the one-and-done recruiting rule. Never mind that Calipari and his super freshmen had just finished parading around in the falling ticker tape inside the Superdome after beating Kansas 67-59. As long as the one-and-done exception exists for future professional players, it may as well be exploited, right?

Monday's win was further proof that no one does a better sales job than Calipari when it comes to convincing future first-round draft picks where they should invest a year of their lives since they can't head right to the NBA.

"I don't think it's a good rule. I hope we change it before this week's out so all these guys have to come back," said Calipari. Was that a smirk on his face? "It's not my rule. It's a rule we have to deal with," he added.

It's a rule that has existed since 2005 when the NBA collectively bargained that players must be 19 or one year out of high school in order to be drafted.

That, at least, stopped the wannabe LeBron Jameses from trying to take their talents to South Beach, too. And while that's been a good thing in terms of preventing young hotshots from relying on bad advice and petitioning for the draft, it doesn't do enough.

Even NCAA President Mark Emmert is on record for saying that the one-and-done rule "makes a travesty of the whole notion of student as athlete."

He's right. Other than feeding into a lower Academic Progress Rating for a program, there's no penalty if a school is lax about checking class attendance of these visiting superstars after the spring semester is under way.

Once upon a time, freshmen weren't even eligible to participate on varsity teams. Some argue those were the good ol' days, but it's a concept that will never fly in this era of entitlement.

Meanwhile, others argue that college baseball's rule may be the perfect model. …

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