The NCAA is caving to the major backlash it got over its new agent certification criteria … amending the bachelor’s degree requirement to rep certain college players.
The organization had been under fire since the memo was sent out to agents last week … when it announced that any college player looking to test the NBA waters would only retain eligibility if they had an approved agent with a degree, 3 years of experience with the NBPA and passed an in-person test.
The requirements were dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” by many — given the super agent does not have a college degree — and everyone from LeBron James to Chris Paul spoke out against it.
But, it’s all over now … ’cause the NCAA is amending the rule to coincide with the NBPA’s criteria.
“We have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement,” the NCAA said in a statement … while insisting it wasn’t singling out Paul.
“While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria.”
The new requirement states that an agent must “Have a bachelor’s degree and/or are currently certified and in good standing with the NBPA.”