Early Morning Coffee in RDU with BabeThomHerman - No matter what time of day, Coffee/Sports are a great combo!
My Blog

New Changes In NCAA Policy Could Possibly Influence Jahlil Okafor To Remain At Duke

pic courtesy of cbssports.comMany Consider Duke Blue Devil’s  basketball standout Freshman Jahlil Okafor to be “one and done” and headed for the riches of the NBA after this season.

However, while talking to the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this week, Okafor suggested to Steve Greenberg  that staying around another season isn’t out of the equation.

 “I know I'll be in position to live my dream in the NBA or live my dream and stay here at Duke with people who truly love me,” he said. “I totally feel comfortable with staying here in college, and my family wouldn't care one bit as long as I'm happy. They know how much I love being here” Okafor said.

Judging from his statement, it’s clearly evident that Okafor loves the campus environment at Duke University and is very happy! But there could be other factors that could possibly influence his decision to stay in college.

In January 2015, during the NCAA's annual convention, schools and athlete representatives from the NCAA Power 5 conferences, approved increasing the value of scholarships. (ACC, BigTen, Big12, Pac-12, SEC) 

Also approved but not receiving much press, athletes are now allowed to borrow against future earnings to purchase loss of value insurance. This could very well be the one rule change that could influence Okafor and other top performing underclassmen to stick around another year or so in college.

This will become effective August 1, 2015, but scholarship agreements for the 2015-16 school year can be executed prior to that date.

These policies can help those athletes injured while playing college sports which caused them to drop several rounds in the draft. This of course would cause them to receive smaller signing bonuses and salaries.

Prior to this, athletes could only borrow against future earnings to purchase disability insurance, which would cover them in the event their college career was ended and professional earnings eliminated due to injury.

The loss of value policies basically offers much more protection than the disability policies!

In allowing an athlete to borrow money to purchase his or her own loss of value insurance, the NCAA is hoping to eliminate the role of people who don’t always have their best interest in mind such as: agents, financial advisers or other third parties.

In the past, schools had used a loophole regarding the NCAA Student Assistance Fund, drawing money from the fund and helping athletes pay for the premiums on loss of value policies. Florida State University did so with Heisman Trophy winning QB Jameis Winston as did Texas A&M for star left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.

This probably was the main reason both decided to stay in school another year before turning pro.

Although it remains to be seen if the new changes in NCAA rules will have any major influence in keeping Okafor and other top performing underclassmen around another year or so, it sure could make things very interesting this spring!

Please feel to follow G.Herman on twitter: @babethomherman 

0 Comments to New Changes In NCAA Policy Could Possibly Influence Jahlil Okafor To Remain At Duke:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
RSS Follow

Recent Posts

Challenges associated with PTSD and General Anxiety Disorder
Triggers, PTSD and Complex-PTSD
Finding your happy place: PTSD and Anxiety
Ambitions of a Blogger: Homicide, Drugs, Crime and Perdue Pharma
Challenges Associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Most Popular Posts

The Miami Hurricanes: A Gamble worth Taking
UCLA Should Have Been Number One! ESPN 50/50 QB
Triggers, PTSD and Complex-PTSD
NFL Blurred Lines
When roosters are involved: Anything could happen! UNC vs USC


Health and well being


April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
June 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012

powered by