Foley named to NCAA basketball commission

Former Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley. [File]

Florida athletic director emeritus Jeremy Foley has been named one of 14 members to the NCAA Commission on College Basketball.

The commission, formed by the NCAA Board of Governors, is being charged to explore reforms in the sport in the wake of an FBI probe into basketball recruiting practices that resulted in federal bribery charges that involved six Division I programs and four assistant basketball coaches.

“This commission has important work ahead,” Foley said. “The collective talent, experience and wisdom of the people I have the opportunity to work with is off the charts. We have the chance to make a positive impact on the health of college basketball going forward, and that’s a responsibility we won’t take lightly.”

Per NCAA president Mark Emmert, the commission will focus on the following areas:

— The relationship between the NCAA and its member institutions with outside entities, including apparel companies, agents and advisors.

— The NCAA’s relationship with the NBA and challenging the “one-and-done” rule, whether the NBA can change its current age limit (19) or how the NCAA can change its own eligibility rules to address the dynamic.

— Creating a relationship between the NCAA office and its member schools to promote transparency and accountability.

Foley, 64, was Florida’s athletic director from 1992 through 2016. During that time, Foley oversaw a basketball program that won two national titles and reached five Final Fours without any major NCAA sanctions. Foley hired former UF basketball coach Billy Donovan, who led the Gators to back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007, and current UF basketball coach Mike White.

The committee is chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It also includes Emmert, Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman, USA Basketball chairman and retired U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey, Hofstra AD Jefferey Hathaway, Atlanta Hawks vice chairman and former NBA All-Star Grant Hill, Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson, former Stanford and California coach Mike Montgomery, former Georgetown coach John Thompson III, former San Antonio Spurs All-Star center David Robinson, former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler and Ohio State vice president/athletic director Gene Smith.


  1. a little bit concerned about the approach of the investigation. at least within this article the focus appears one-sided, all about the relationship between universities and companies that seek to monetize basketball. there is a brief mention of the one-and-done rule, but very little discussion about the players themselves. there has to be more inclusion of the role of the athlete within these relationships to help move things forward. at least they picked two good ones with hill and robinson.