NCAA Men’s College Basketball programs, their players, coaches and alumni /supporters have been accused of illegal recruiting practices, gambling and other illegalities throughout the decades. The NCAA has prosecuted scandals; from major infractions to slap on the wrist infractions,  throughout the decades of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s through to today’s college game.

Well, there is a potential solution, “College Trades”. Imagine a hypothetical development and  implementation of  a concept turned policy where the NCAA’s college and university men’s basketball programs could trade their players for players from other schools without prejudice or NCAA sanctions. How could this policy work? It will call for brainstorming, vision and investigation.

College basketball is big business. Big money has driven NCAA Men’s college basketball since the late 1970’s to what we call college basketball today. Television contracts, shoe deals for head coaches, i.e. Nike, Addidas, Reebok and Converse, has now expanded to full blown merchandising deals with school’s entire athletic programs being supplied with apparel, shoes, accessories  and  training equipment. Tack on marketing, advertising, promotions and facility naming rights agreements and more.

The NCAA college sports environment of today continues to develop new revenue streams as the men’s college basketball brand expands in popularity. What will be the next venture on the horizon as this trend continues that will take college basketball to the brink of amateur sports and revenue heights to an unprecedented level? “College Trades”!

Here is how it could work. A coach has a player or players that no longer fit their system for whatever reason. This coach could shop the player(s) around looking for a trade to get new players he would prefer on his team. The trades could be team to team or multiple team trades where various schools work together in the hopes that each school involved gets the players they want at a given time.

One of the positives that could result from implementing “College Trades” for a player is that the option of a trade is available to players and coaches who agree that it would be better for the player to be traded to a team where they may get a chance to be more productive. Unlike when a player wants to transfer in the current system the school losing the player is not compensated. With “College Trades” the university may shop a player around to find a player trade situation to compensate for the player they are will lose in a trade. It would be intriguing to see College Trades” in action, but the damage to an already questionable system may be too much.

If one were to dig deep enough they may find some positives for the “College Trades” idea. Unfortunately, whatever positives can be found they will be overshadowed by the corruption that would eventually seep into the system as players, coaches, administrators and those who lurk around high school and college basketball began to find loopholes in the system.

To envision this new vehicle of change and innovation, a closer view is in order. A scenario that could take place is during the coaches’ open recruiting season on the AAU high school basketball circuit. Under this new policy, coaches would be free to talk to other coaches about current players on their roster that they would like to trade for prospects from opposing teams. Coaches would now be able to discuss current players on their roster, as well as, future prospects without any NCAA violations.

The goal is to enhance the brand of NCAA men’s college basketball game while creating new revenue streams via college player trades which will generate new interaction among competitors.

Head coaches that attend AAU tournaments or showcase events to scout potential recruits generally use these opportunities to look at players, evaluate them in great detail with their assistant coaches, discussing every aspect of the players they are watching. This player selection process is generally how coaches recruit, but with “College Trades” you would be able to recruit players then package them for trades once they are signed.                                                                                                    

Now imagine “College Trades” being touted as the new revision policy, NCAA college basketball coaches, will interact and communicate with each other like never before. Despite this new policy leading to more communication among coaches, there will still be those rivalries and/or dislikes among coaches that will not allow them to play willy dilly in negotiations in order to land a player through a trade. You can hear an assistant coach telling the head coach that he knows which school has the player available they need for a trade and the head coach replying; “I’ll never trade with that @#$%^&.

Most NCAA coaches recruit certain types of players, who play the game a particular way or recruit players based on team necessity. Player descriptions run the gamut of possibilities. Some of the positional titles of the day in dialogue are: I need a big, I’m looking for a stretch power forward, “I need an athletic wingman, I am trading for a “catch and shoot” guard, we gotta get a true point, I have to have an athletic two, I need more quickness at every position.”

The new perspective and dialogue to get the players you need would be interesting: Coach French Toast on players he is looking to trade, “I have a 6’5 shooting guard, his name is Chicken Soup, who is real athletic, but we need a catch and shoot guy at this position. I also have a big I am looking to move. His name is Rollin Hills and he will be a sophomore next year. He is 6’9” now and still growing, he is quick, but not physical enough for our style of play. Are you interested Coach Pancakes?”

“Yes, Coach Toast I am interested.  I think I have two players that fit the bill for what you are looking for. I have Fish N. Chips, he is the 6’6” catch and shoot player you have been dreaming about. He can really shoot it! I hate to trade him but I gotta get an athletic two. The big I have for you is as mean as a junk yard dog! He is 6’10 and his name is Pit Bull. Great player but he slows us up, and we play at a high octane pace.”  . . .

Once again, the big money that “College Trades” would add to the college basketball revenue stream, would stir up that ugly, greed, win at all cost side of amateur sports that teeter constantly on the line of professionalism without paying the talent.                  

In the recesses of the mind you may wonder; what if we could make a trade with UCTrophy University for their big Ill Altonator, we would give them our whole starting five and . . .; How would you start the negotiations?

You can’t because mothers are protesting and storming the fort of colleges and universities … “Down with the president, fire the coach! Oh no they didn’t, trade my baby!” Players have no where to hide from family members and friends who are the new “College Trades” sports agents… Man you need to transfer to …. , You better get that coach to trade you or you ain’t goin to no NBA.”

The “College Trade” has permeated down into society causing problems at the kindergarten level. Parents are reporting that at bedtime four year olds are trying to negotiate a juice trade with the parents who bought them the juice at the store for three more hours of not going to bed!!! Do you want a ”College Trade”?