Duke's Krzyzewski backs California's 'Fair Pay to Play' law
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Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski offered his support Tuesday to California's "Fair Pay to Play" law, which will allow college athletes in the state to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness.
Issuing a prepared statement at the ACC's 2019 Operation Basketball preseason event in Charlotte, N.C., Kryzewski encouraged the NCAA to adapt to changing times and adopt a uniform rule.
"I don't -- and won't -- pretend to understand all the complexities of such a change," Krzyzewski said in the statement. "However, it is a sign of the times that we in college athletics must continually adapt, albeit in a sensible manner.
"While we have made significant progress in recent years, we have not always responded to the needs and rights of our players swiftly, and frankly, we're playing catch-up after years of stagnant rules. I hope and trust that not only will there be a plan to put the student-athletes' best interests at the forefront, but that we'll also have a firm plan for implementation at the national level."
The California law, signed on Sept. 30 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
That gives the NCAA about three years to consider changes to its rules on amateurism, although several other states are pursuing similar legislation on a tighter timeline.
Other ACC coaches also voiced their support for change. Louisville coach Chris Mack said he only hopes the NCAA is given ample time to respond.
"I just hope that whatever happens isn't ramrodded down the NCAA's throat," he said. "I hope politicians don't drive it so hard and fast that there are unintended consequences without a lot of thought going into it."