College Basketball Nation: Katz Korner

Video: Katz Korner with T.J. Warren

March, 11, 2014
Mar 11

ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren joins Andy Katz to discuss NC State's chances in the ACC tournament and Warren's penchant for scoring in bunches.

Video: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim

February, 18, 2014
Feb 18

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim discusses his team's narrow victories against Pitt and NC State, as well as the play of freshman point guard Tyler Ennis.

Video: Katz Korner on Marcus Smart

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford talks with Andy Katz about the incident between Marcus Smart and a fan.

Video: Louisville hoping to get healthy

February, 4, 2014
Feb 4

Louisville coach Rick Pitino discusses the injuries that have piled up for his team and the chances for the Cardinals to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament.

Video: Jim Boeheim on Katz Korner

April, 3, 2013

Jim Boeheim discusses Michigan's offense, Syracuse's defense, and the difficulty in making it to the Final Four.
INDIANAPOLIS -- One is speaking plain English; the other feels lost in a bureaucratic town of Babel.

To one, it is so obvious.

To the other, inscrutable.

On one side sits a group of well-intentioned people in Indianapolis, folks who make rules and standards not to be exclusionary but to encourage academic success.

On the other side sit kids in classrooms -- some in high school, fretting about being allowed to play in college, and some in college, fretting about being able to play the next semester.

And in between is a chasm wider than a 7-footer's wingspan.

How high school athletes become eligible to play Division I sports and how they stay eligible in college is not exactly in lockstep with how the NCAA would like to see either of those two tasks accomplished.

And so the NCAA makes new rules and increased standards and the students and coaches question their fairness.

The latest changes in eligibility standards will apply to this fall's high school freshman class, but we won't know their full effect until 2016, when those students prepare to step foot on college campuses. They are already sending ripples through the college community because they are so drastic -- a jump in the required minimum GPA from 2.0 to 2.3 and, perhaps more challenging, a rule that now requires high school athletes to complete 10 of their 16 required core courses prior to their senior year of high school.

There is recourse for those who can meet the old standards but not the new ones. The NCAA is now calling it an academic redshirt, a sort of nuanced version of a partial-qualifier. Students may receive a scholarship and will be eligible to practice with their teams, but won't be able to compete. Provided they pass nine credit hours in their first college semester, they can compete the following season as a redshirt freshman.

The intent is simple: The NCAA and its Eligibility Center no longer want to see transcripts in which athletes essentially backload the better part of their academic curriculum at the end of their high school careers.

Instead of taking courses in order, kids desperate to earn an eligibility stamp collect classwork like stamps, taking geometry before algebra and English 4 simultaneously with English 3.

Click here for the rest of Dana O'Neil's story.