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03:36  07 august  2019
03:36  07 august  2019 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

NCAA changes ‘Rich Paul Rule,’ removes degree requirement

NCAA changes ‘Rich Paul Rule,’ removes degree requirement The NCAA created a great deal of controversy recently when it implemented new criteria for agents who are representing student-athletes who want to test the NBA Draft waters, and the rule has already been changed. On Monday, the NCAA amended a key portion of the new guidelines. Whereas before it was mandatory that any agent representing a player who is testing the NBA Draft must have a college degree, agents now have to either have a bachelor’s degree or be certified by the NBA Players Association. BREAKING: The NCAA has amended its controversial agent certification requirements.

Of course, buzz has been a Rich Paul constant since 2012, when he—along with bestie LeBron James —rattled the league’s power structure by bolting Creative Artists Agency and establishing Klutch. It was easy, at first, to dismiss him as a King James tool, yet each new client (Eric Bledsoe

Story Highlights Rich Paul , LeBron James ' agent , is being investigated by the NCAA At question is Paul 's relationship with Texas point guard Myck Kabongo Paul left NBA power Creative Artists Agency last month to form his own group, Klutch Sports.

As is the case with most of the NCAA's decisions, Tuesday's news of a reformed agent criteria had sports fans furious at the NCAA.

LeBron James blasts the NCAA after its new agent criteria targeted Rich Paul© USA TODAY USA TODAY

And now, LeBron James has checked in with a response.

Basically, the NCAA had announced changes to its approved agent criteria.

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NBA Draft-declared players are now allowed to hire agents in an advisor role and still preserve their NCAA eligibility. That criteria included an educational requirement of a Bachelor's degree, which Rich Paul - LeBron's agent and Klutch Sports Group founder - doesn't have.

It was a not-so-subtle attempt to shut the most powerful NBA agent out of the NCAA's world, and sports fans blasted the organization for that. LeBron's response, in particular, was great. He called out the NCAA for what it is … scared.

New NCAA agent rules believed to intentionally exclude NBA super agent Rich Paul

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LOS ANGELES — Hours after Magic Johnson abruptly resigned as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations, and mere minutes after LeBron James ’s first season as the franchise cornerstone ended with a buzzer-beating loss

Rich Paul is an American sports agent based in Cleveland, Ohio. He founded Klutch Sports Group and represents a number of prominent NBA players, including Eric Bledsoe, John Wall, Ben Simmons

LeBron James blasts the NCAA after its new agent criteria targeted Rich Paul© File Photo File Photo

The rule, which required a Bachelor's degree, had quickly been dubbed "The Rich Paul Rule" because there would be no other reason behind an educational requirement.

LeBron has been an outspoken critic of the NCAA, and this only adds fuel to that fire. Back in 2018, LeBron called the NCAA "corrupt" amid the FBI scandal.

There's little chance that his opinion of the NCAA will change anytime soon.

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Rich Paul , LeBron James ' 33-year-old agent and longtime friend, is one of the most influential people in sports . He orchestrated LeBron 's shock return to Cleveland this summer, holding talks with the Cavs while LeBron was on vacation and negotiating an incredibly smart contract that maximizes his client's

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It's almost to the point now where we'd almost feel sorry for one of the nation's most tone-deaf institutions, aka the NCAA. Well, we would feel that way except for the fact that, well, it's the NCAA. The latest example came Monday. That's when the powers that be in Indianapolis issued a memo outlining new guidelines for agents who wish to represent underclassmen who are trying to make an informed decision about whether to enter and remain in the NBA draft. ESPN obtained a copy of the memo. A story was published. The howling began. “They big MAD and scared,” tweeted LeBron James. “This is crazy,” tweeted Chris Paul. It’s not just crazy.

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