Mike Krzyzewski

Could college basketball benefit from having a commissioner?

1 Comment

With the recent changes in college basketball, from conference realignment to the enforcement of rules in order to improve freedom of movement, there’s been an increasing need for a uniform voice to lead the sport. NCAA president Mark Emmert has every sport to consider, and head of officiating John Adams only deals with the officiating aspect of things.

With this being the case, should the NCAA look into the possibility of having a commissioner of sorts for college basketball? According to many, including Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, this is something the governing body should consider with the possibility of more changes (read: Ed O’Bannon lawsuit) on the horizon.

“Who’s in charge?” Krzyzewski said a day before his team met Louisville in the Elite Eight in late March. “Well, who, though? No, President (Mark) Emmert is in charge of the entire NCAA. He’s got a huge job. There should be somebody in charge of college basketball who does this on a day-to-day basis and understands everything about it.

“When they put the dirt on me, inside, underneath the dirt, I’m still going to be yelling for somebody to run college basketball.”

This wouldn’t be a bad idea at all, especially if it leads to a truly “universal” voice for the sport. But how much power would a commissioner have? That’s an important question to answer, especially when it comes to the current early entry rule. The NBA’s rule is that a player needs to be one year removed from high school before becoming eligible to enter the draft, and when the owners and NBPA sit down to negotiate their collective bargaining agreement the rule isn’t one of the major issues on the table.

Could a commissioner better voice the concerns of college basketball’s power brokers to the NBA and NBPA on this issue? And more importantly, would those two groups actually listen? But even with those questions there are other issues in college basketball that need to be addressed, and having a leader would more than likely help get things done in a timely manner.

Times have changed, and the way in which college basketball is run should as well. And if that means electing a commissioner, then the membership needs to consider that possibility.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
(AP Photo/Al Goldis)
Leave a comment

GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
Leave a comment

It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: