College basketball: Big 12 commissioner says basketball's one-and-done rule needs to change

Bob Bowlsby said the transient nature of college basketball is an embarrassment for higher education.
by Berry Tramel Published: February 20, 2013
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photo - FILE - In this July13, 2012, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks during the NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) ORG XMIT: NY158
FILE - In this July13, 2012, file photo, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks during the NCAA college football Big 12 Media Days in Dallas. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen) ORG XMIT: NY158

“Unfortunately, the (NBA) players union, which is run by the agents, won't go along with that,” Bowlsby said.

David Sloane, who represents primarily baseball players but formerly was an agent for NBA players, disagrees with Bowlsby's assessment.

“The NBA union is not run by agents,” Sloane said. “Agents have influences, but only as much influence as their players allow them to have. Even if you represent the entire roster of the All-Star game, you're not going to say something your clients really don't want you to say.”

Sloane said the rule was adopted because of too many high school players declaring for the draft, cashed big paydays “and fell on their face … the (union) members would rather see that money go to more established-type players.”

But Bowlsby says he remains committed to change.

“All the best parts of collegiate athletics and all the worst parts of collegiate athletics are prevalent in college basketball.

“There are programs out there that are systematically manipulating the things we believe in in higher education. To that extent, we need to go to work on it.”

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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