NCAA amends ‘Rich Paul Rule’ for agents after widespread criticism

The NCAA’s widely criticized attempt to impose an education requirement on basketball player agents is dead in the water after less than a week.

The governing body announced Monday it has amended its agent certification qualifications to remove a requirement that anyone serving as an adviser to players deciding whether to enter the NBA Draft must have a bachelor’s degree.

The new rules will allow agents certified by the National Basketball Players’ Association to serve in that capacity with underclassmen, regardless of their degree status. While the NBPA also lists a bachelor’s degree among its certification criteria, the union offers waivers to that requirement to some agents.

Most prominent among that group is Rich Paul, whose Klutch Sports Group represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Ben Simmons and other NBA stars. When the NCAA announced its new policy last week, James and other observers immediately accused the organization of targeting Paul, though the NCAA has repeatedly denied that was the case – and did so again in Monday’s release.

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