Colin Cowherd reacts to developments in bombshell FBI investigation into NCAA basketball corruption

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After more top-tier basketball schools and players were named in the FBI's ongoing investigation into corruption in college basketball, Colin Cowherd gives his takeaways on the latest developments. Colin also shares his stance on the NCAA as a whole.

- My first takeaway on this, this could very well be the end of the one-and-done. Now remember, that's an NBA rule. The one-and-done was not created by college. College would love to have these guys have to stay for all four years, be better for the sport. It hurts college basketball now that a guy shows up, and by the time you meet him emotionally, March, he's gone.

College basketball wants players to stay forever. It's good for marketing. It's good for branding. It's good for the coaches. It's less of a revolving door.

The coaches in NCAA, they want the players to stay. The NCAA says, listen, our basketballs-- the NBA is hurting us. So the NBA created the one-and-done rule. Basically, they did it for two reasons. Number one, they wanted to get their scouts, their GMs, their personnel people out of high school gyms and AAU tournaments. Eh, just didn't feel good with it.

The second thing is they thought, you know what, there'll be fewer busts if at least we have a year of tape, a year of film, you know, that will-- it's very hard to evaluate a kid. I mean, obviously, Patrick Ewing, you could watch his high school tape, and go, he's going to play in the NBA. But you know, Markelle Fultz, he's dominating high school players. How good is his league? How good are those players? He may never face another NBA player.

So they create the one-and-done. One, they don't like hanging out in high school gyms and AAU tournaments. It's skeevy for their GMs. GMs complaining about it. What are we doing hanging out with high school coaches and college coaches?

And the second thing is, hey, we need film on these guys. The GMs are like, maybe if I get a year or two a film, it'll eliminate some of the busts. It's hard enough to evaluate talent, brutal coming out of high school. But when I read this story today, my first takeaway is, oh, oh, oh, this is not good.

Adam Silver's pissed, because in the story, they list the players, and you know what they call them? They say at least six players were identified in the documents receiving payments. They include Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. You don't talk about where he went to college. Ah, a guy for the Mavericks, Mavericks bad, Mavericks tanking, Mark Cuban, front office, Mavericks bad.

Oh, then they list another guy, Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead, and then they list another guy, NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz. NBA, NBA, NBA is listed all over this junk, and the NBA is thinking, Jesus, we've got to get out of this. The NBA is thinking, if you look at the top 14 picks in this year's lottery, over the three years of their contracts, which are guaranteed, they're going to make a $150 million. The NBA is thinking, why not spend more money on a developmental league? And that's what they're doing.

I've been told Adam Silver, the NBA commissioner, hates the NCAA. He thinks it's hypocrisy. It's skeevy coaches, skeevy agents, skeevy NCAA. He would prefer to do it like Europe. Why do you think the D League is now called the G League? Gatorade, major sponsor.

The NBA is building a premier developmental league to end the one-and-done, so they can get out of business with college basketball. The one-and-done's about to end. Adam Silver wakes up this morning, and he thinks to himself, good god, I got NBA players, NBA logos, NBA talk, NBA owners, NBA franchises all over this story, because the NCAA can't control their business. So my owners, my logos, my name, my players are all over this story. I want to get out of that business. I want to get out of that business.

And here's another reason. basketball talent, to me, develops quicker. In football, you've got to go to college three or four years. Physically, you can't play at a high school in the pros. In baseball, high school baseball stinks. You've got to develop pitches, even if you're throwing 98 miles an hour.

In basketball, you need a ball and a rusty rim, your backyard. You can play by yourself all day, 365 days in warm weather. It speeds up the improvement process. Basketball's a babysitter as a parent. I can even hear the ball dribbling. When it stops, I peek out and go, OK, he's OK. He's just getting a drink of water.

With football, you need to make calls, gather neighbors, get people, find a group, get a space, get a field, get a park. In hockey and baseball, you need a rink, ice time. You need a diamond. You can't pitch to yourself. But in basketball, you get better faster, and Adam Silver sees this.

He sees the 12 and 13-year-old kid who already has a special talent, and Adam Silver's dream, the commissioner of the NBA, is at 14, 15, and 16 to put him in an academy in America, like they do in Europe. And then at 18 and 19, put him in the G League for a year or two, and then at 20, NBA, no college basketball. Adam Silver feels, why would I want to deal with an unnecessary bureaucracy if I don't have to, unneeded steps if I don't have to, bad PR if I don't need it, and the NCAA doesn't help the player. Instead, get better faster, identify the talent, jam them into an academy. Then, a year or two of the G League, Gatorade League, then you're an NBA player.

This is the same thing happens to the music industry. Scouts discover elite talent at 12 and 13. You put them in a boy band, the Disney Channel. You don't send them to Ohio State to be in the marching band. You don't send them to BYU to be an a cappella group.

In the music industry, you find the talent, you put them-- it use to be the Mickey Mouse Club in the '80s and '90s, '70s '80s '90s. That was a developmental league. It wasn't college. Christina Aguilera, Brittany Spears, Justin Bieber, you know, Ryan Gosling, that was-- Justin Timberlake-- my bad, not Justin Bieber-- Mickey Mouse Club in the '80s early '90s. That was a developmental league. There's no reason for college.

College isn't for everybody. For musical elite talents, elite basketball talents, it's a waste of time. You're better off getting them into an academy, getting the 10,000 hours ramped up. If you're a prodigy in music, you're a prodigy in basketball, what's the point? You can develop more quickly playing with others in your class.

That's what the Beatles did. 18, 19 years old, moved to Germany, played every night. It wasn't about going to, you know, Liverpool University. It was about playing instruments there, sharing space, getting booed, developing your skill.

People always worry in America about socialization. Oh, what about the socialization of college? What about it? What about it? Socialization sometimes can be really--

Think about this. Like eight years ago, nine years ago, we had a stock market crash. We had a stock market crash, Wall Street, crooks. Do you realize who Wall Street is run by? Legacy families, generational families, they go to boarding school together, Nantucket together, the Hamptons together, prep school together, college together, same six, seven, eight colleges. Then, they go to Wall Street, and they were basically crooks trying to rob you blind.

You ever watch the movie "The Big Short?" Who is the one person that spotted it early and screamed from the mountaintops? The social loner, the weirdo, the iconoclast, the guy that nobody could work with. Socialization doesn't solve everything. Some people are more talented. You can spot that talent early, surround them with people of their passion and level. We do it in music. Maybe it's time we just do it in basketball.