NCAA looking for new ways to help college athletes

NCAA leaders are considering two new ways to help college athletes determine if they should turn professional and earn a degree after they go pro.

Committee members will look for better ways to evaluate draft prospects and debate whether former college athletes should be allowed to return to school and complete their degrees.

The announcement came Thursday after a two-day summit in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis-based NCAA also is seeking ways to measure and possibly limit athletic commitment time so athletes can pursue more demanding majors, get internships and conduct research.

Other areas under consideration include looking at ways to provide financial counseling, strengthening academic integrity measures and identifying and helping academically at-risk students.

No formal proposals have been made.

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