Early-season play should be sharper

Originally Published: September 28, 2005
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
If I were coaching today, I would love the new NCAA rule which permits coaches to hold practices with their entire teams for a maximum of two hours a week in the offseason.

I am in favor of anything that improves the quality of play in college basketball. I believe there has been a downturn in quality now for some time -- not just in the fundamentals of the game at the college level, but in many aspects of team play as well.

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.