Bright and early Wednesday morning — as early as 5 a.m. on the West Coast — The Commission on College Basketball met in Indianapolis to unveil its recommended fixes for the ailing sport that is college basketball.
Included among them were ways to address the one-and-done issue, agents, involvement from apparel companies, AAU basketball and both stronger penalties and stronger reinforcement of such penalties for those who violate NCAA rules.
In a 25-minute presentation, commission spokesperson Condoleeza Rice shared in great detail the findings the group of 12 people, 9 men and 3 women, came up with during the past six months, after extensive talks, discussions and investigation into what exactly the issues are that have compromised college basketball.
For those who desire to dive even deeper, take a look at the full, 52-page report of their recommendations.
And stay tuned to KUsports.com throughout the day for more reaction and analysis of today's presentation.
San Antonio — After the Kansas basketball season ended at the Final Four with a loss to Villanova, sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot expressed his gratitude for what seniors Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Clay Young helped the Jayhawks accomplish.
Although some doubted this KU team’s ability to live up to the program’s standards a few months ago, Lightfoot said the skepticism helped the players en route to Big 12 titles and four wins in the NCAA Tournament.
Lightfoot expects this March’s postseason run will prove beneficial for him and other Jayhawks who will be back for the 2018-19 season.
San Antonio — Following the Kansas basketball team’s Final Four loss to Villanova, sophomore guard Malik Newman shares his thoughts on the Jayhawks’ struggles at The Alamodome.
Newman, who became one of KU’s best players late in the season, said he hasn’t yet decided whether he will turn pro and leave the program early.
The season he spent playing alongside All-American Devonte’ Graham, Newman added, taught him a lot.
San Antonio — After witnessing an elite shooting display by the Villanova Wildcats, KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend had nothing but respect for the opposition.
"It seemed like they just made everything," Townsend said. "I think the best team won tonight."
The Wildcats blitzed the Jayhawks offensively, drilling 13 3s in the first half and finishing with 18 for the game.
However, Townsend didn't think the loss should sour what KU fans thought of the season.
"I think in a good way," said Townsend, asked how fans should remember the team. "I think they accomplished a lot."
San Antonio — Udoka Azubuike looked at the ground and shook his head. Moments removed from a season-ending loss to Villanova, he was asked to explain the shooting effort by KU's opponent.
"They don't even look at the rim sometimes," Azubuike said. "I've never seen a team shoot this way."
Azubuike and the Jayhawks struggled to defend the 3-point barrage from Villanova, surrendering 18 made 3-pointers and allowing the Wildcats to shoot better than 55 percent from the field.
Still, Azubuike said there were positives he could take away from the season, especially looking back on all KU accomplished.
"We just stuck together as a family," Azubuike said, "and tackled every obstacle."
San Antonio — Svi Mykhailiuk's words told the story. His face may have done so even more.
"It's over," said a stoic Mykhailiuk after KU's season-ending loss to Villanova. "They were better than us today."
The senior guard played his final game for the Jayhawks, scoring just 10 points on 2 for 8 shooting from the field.
That game capped off a four-year career in which Mykhailiuk became the all-time KU leader for made 3s in a single season, along with several other individual and team accolades.
"It's like my second home," Mykhailiuk said of KU. "I became the player I am because of Kansas."
San Antonio — Bill Self's post game speech was every bit a reminder to his team of what it had accomplished.
The Jayhawks finished the season 31-8. They won the Big 12 regular season and tournament championships and reached the Final Four under Self for the first time since 2012.
"Of all the teams that have gotten to a Final Four that we've had," Self said, "this one was probably the least expected one to do it."
Villanova, on the other hand, is still dancing.
The Wildcats knocked down a Final Four record 18 3-pointers en route to a 95-79 win over KU on Saturday.
"Today was a perfect storm early," Self said. "Unfortunately for us we were on the wrong end of it."
San Antonio — Mitch Lightfoot is happy to be at the Final Four for a number of reasons.
“It beats the hell out of sitting in class,” Lightfoot joked. “I love class and everything, but thank God I’m not there.”
Lightfoot and the Jayhawks will match up against Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday, attempting to advance to the National Championship game for the first time since 2012.
In prepping for the Wildcats, the KU sophomore has noticed some similarities between the two teams. One of those aspects, Lightfoot said, is that Villanova has six different guys who are all capable of shooting from 3-point range.
“That’s kind of how we do play,” Lightfoot said. “You’ve got to get out to their shooters.”
San Antonio — Mikal Bridges was just a freshman the last time KU played Villanova. Two years later, he still has a pretty good memory of the game.
“It went down to the end, took 40 minutes,” Bridges said. “They were tough — on both ends.”
Bridges was credited with five steals in the game, but really he came away with four.
The fifth was a controversial play in which Bridges poked the ball away from Graham. The ball bounced down the court until Graham collided with Josh Hart.
“The ball was loose,” Bridges said. “Graham dove on it and got a foul.”
San Antonio — Although 30 years ago Larry Brown coached Kansas to a national championship, he downplayed his role with this year’s Jayhawks on Friday at The Alamodome.
“I’ve got a vested interest in Villanova and Kansas, because I love both of the coaches,” Brown said, before the Final Four showdown between the two programs, adding he has a lot of respect for Michigan’s John Beilein, as well.
“I’m just thankful I’m around and can enjoy it,” Brown added. “Proud of the kids and proud of the people that are involved in my life that I’m able to be here.”
When Brown used to coach the Philadelphia 76ers, Villanova coach Jay Wright said, he would spend time around the Wildcats’ staff and make various X’s and O’s-related observations.
Brown said he misses that part of being a head coach now more than any other aspect of the profession.