How Gavin Newsom and the NCAA think a lot alike

by Cameron Coyle Contributor to Jock Smack


The NCAA should just box up their offices in Indianapolis trek out west and resettle in Sacramento, California.

Taking their dictatorial regime to unquestionably the most left-wing leaning progressive state in the country only seems fitting after what transpired this week.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued a memo announcing their latest requirements for player representation.

The new criteria states that all agents must obtain a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.

Keep in mind, none of these mandates were in place previously. 

But it’s the bachelor’s degree portion of the new rule that has roiled the ranks of the NBA elites. A decision that has already been labeled the “Rich Paul Rule” – the agent who currently represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Ben Simmons.

Under the NCAA’s new guideline, Paul wouldn’t be eligible to represent college underclassmen who declare for the NBA Draft.

As Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated recently wrote, if the players’ union trusts the agent, then so should the NCAA.

However, Paul is a powerful outspoken, opinionated mouthpiece where his primary responsibility is doing the very best for his clients, even if that means giving up one year of college eligibility to prepare for the draft. It’s a position that poses a direct threat to the business of college basketball.

The NCAA’s announcement seemed to have spoiled LeBron’s typical Taco Tuesday night with family as he quickly fired back with a late evening tweet.

Incorporating some rational thought into Lebron’s tweet, the NCAA is now taking the position that a four-year bachelor’s degree is now a vital component to conducting business with these “student-athletes” who will likely never acquire a college degreee.

This would be the paradox of all paradoxes.

The best 18 and 19-year-old basketball players don’t have the slightest intent on graduating from college, but remember, it was the NBA that implemented the one-and-done rule a few years after James went straight from high school to the NBA.

Now the league is looking to reverse course – yet again – and lower the age to 18 pending approval from the players’ association. A rule that would go into effect for the 2022 NBA Draft at the earliest.

The NCAA’s directive proves once again how a highly authoritarian governing body can tailor their agenda towards someone they find irredeemable or jeopardizes their entity.

All of this should sound vaguely familiar.

It was California’s Democratic governor Gavin Newsom who just signed a state law last month requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns to appear on the state’s primary ballot – a law clearly aimed at President Donald Trump. Two years ago, then-Democrat Jerry Brown shot down the same measure citing the proposed law’s unconstitutionality.

Nowhere in Article 2 of the Constitution does it state a presidential candidate needs to turn over their tax returns. The requirements are pretty straight forward: 35 years of age, a citizen of the United States with at least 14 years of residency.

As you’d expect, Trump and the Republican National Committee have filed suit in federal court. 

While the legalities of the Trump case and the NCAA’s new “Paul Rule” obviously have different judicial standards that would have to be argued out in court, these respective acts of totalitarianism have an underlying message…

Eliminate them if they pose a threat to your institution.