Power 5 conferences seek federal law for college-athlete compensation

In April, Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press reported the NCAA was exploring a rule change that could allow college athletes to earn revenue from their names, likeness and images through sponsorship and endorsement deals as of January 2021.

However, student-athletes might not have to wait that long.

On Friday afternoon, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy ‏and the AP (h/t ESPN) reported the commissioners of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 delivered a letter dated May 23 to congressional leaders asking them to pass a national law that would allow players to profit via merchandising, public appearances, and other such avenues.

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 5/29/20

NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to spring athletes whose seasons were canceled

The NCAA has stepped up to do right by its athletes.

The organization’s Division I council voted on Monday to grant an extra season of eligibility to spring athletes whose seasons were canceled due to the coronavirus. The extra year of eligibility

There were questions about how the scholarship and financial aid would work for athletes granted an extra year of eligibility because the addition of incoming freshmen next year plus athletes returning for a senior season would put programs over their scholarship limits. The NCAA approved schools to go over the scholarship limits next year.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 3/30/20

NCAA cancels 2020 men’s, women’s basketball tournaments due to coronavirus

The NCAA has officially canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, NCAA president Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors said Thursday in a statement.

A Wednesday announcement had suggested the NCAA planned to move forward with the tournaments without fans in attendance. However, in the 24 hours since Wednesday’s press release was issued, the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS have all postponed their seasons, and virtually every Division I conference canceled their own tournaments, prompting the NCAA to reconsider its stance.

The NCAA said in its statement:

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.”

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Originally posted on Hoops Rumors | By Luke Adams | Last updated 3/12/20

NCAA Tournament will be played without fans due to coronavirus scare

Get ready for March Madness without fans.

In a statement released Wednesday, based on a recommendation from the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced that no fans would be allowed to attend NCAA Tournament games to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

“Only essential staff and limited family attendance” will be permitted, the statement said.

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Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Grey Papke | Last updated 3/11/2

Joe Burrow Says He Took Money From Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. caused some issues for the LSU football team when he handed out money to players on the field after the national championship game on Monday night, but school officials originally said there was nothing to worry about because the money was fake. Joe Burrow is not exactly corroborating that claim.

In an appearance on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that aired Wednesday morning, Burrow was asked about Beckham handing out wads of cash to players. While the Heisman Trophy winner was not one of the players shown on video, Burrow says he did get some money from Beckham. And it was real.

“Umm, yeah. I’m not a student-athlete anymore, so I can say yeah,” Burrow said when asked if OBJ gave him cash, per Brian Fonseca of NJ.com.

Podcast host Big Cat then said he thought it would have been awesome if Beckham printed fake money to hand out “just as a flex.” Burrow said he was unsure of how much money Beckham gave out.

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By Steve DelVecchio  |  Last updated 1/15/20

Early Favorites To Win College Basketball’s Power Conferences

Everything in college basketball changes when conference play begins.

Those in power have done wonders to drum up interest in early-season action, with big name teams being featured in tournaments and showcases for the first few months of the season. But blowout wins over cupcake opponents and sloppy early-season play are littered throughout that part of the schedule.

Conference play brings rivalries, road games with student-sections, and a landslide of upsets. In short, it’s the reason we love college basketball. On top of that, succeeding in one of America’s toughest conferences is the best way to prove yourself before March Madness tips off.

With that in mind, here are the early favorites to win the six biggest conferences in college hoops.

ACC – Duke

The Blue Devils might be the boring and obvious pick, but at this point in the season, they are also the most qualified. Duke’s overtime home loss to Stephen F. Austin was a bad mishap, but it’s their only blemish so far. Aside from that slip-up, Duke has impressed with wins over Michigan State, Kansas, Georgetown and Miami.

The ACC’s other top contender, Louisville, lost at home to Florida State this weekend and only gets to play Duke once this season — a road game at Cameron Indoor. Advantage to the Blue Devils.

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Big East – Butler

It’s always somewhat shocking to pencil anyone into a Big East title that is not Villanova, yet Butler’s play so far this season has been eye-popping enough to earn this level of respect. The Bulldogs have just one loss, by one point at 4th-ranked Baylor.

Head coach LaVall Jordan has Butler winning games on the defensive end of the floor. The Bulldogs rank fourth in defensive efficiency, per KenPom, thanks to top-ten performances in 3-point percentage allowed, effective field goal percentage allowed and defensive rebounding rate. Butler fights to get stops and follows them with rebounds.

Offensively, everything churns through senior guard Kamar Baldwin. His 14.7 point per game average doesn’t fully explain how capable he is of taking over a game in crunch time.

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Big Ten – Michigan State

A few weeks ago, when Ohio State was 9-0 and ranked in the top three in the AP Poll, this answer would have been different. Back then, Michigan State was just 6-3 and clearly had some issues on the offensive end.

Since December 8, Ohio State has lost three of its last five games, while Michigan State has sparked a six-game winning streak. The Spartans are now two games ahead of the Buckeyes in the loss column in Big Ten play and sit a full 1.5 games ahead of the rest of the conference in the standings.

Make no mistake — the Big Ten is college basketball’s toughest conference and will be an absolute battle all season long. Even so, any team eager to compete for the title will need to go into the Breslin Center in East Lansing and win. With Tom Izzo on the sidelines and Cassius Winston patrolling the court for Sparty, that’s not likely to happen much, if at all, this season.

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By Shane McNichol  |  Last updated 1/7/20

James Wiseman officially hires agency to prepare for NBA Draft

If there was any doubt about James Wiseman’s college future, it was settled on Friday.

Wiseman, the Memphis freshman who is expected to be a top NBA draft pick, has officially signed with Excel Sports for his NBA representation. This officially wipes out his NCAA eligibility.

This was the next logical step after Wiseman withdrew from Memphis just over a week ago. He doesn’t appear to have any plans to temporarily play overseas and is just going to focus on being as ready as possible for the June draft. It’s risky, but teams are already well-aware of him and what he can bring.

Wiseman’s eligibility had already been in question over money he received from coach Penny Hardaway to move to Memphis. He won’t face any further consequences as a result of that, but the school might well be paying for its decision to play Wiseman with questions about his eligibility for some time to come.

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Grey Papke  |  Last updated 12/27/19


Report: Ohio State asks NCAA to reinstate star DL Chase Young immediately

The Ohio State Buckeyes are reportedly stepping up their efforts to get star defensive lineman Chase Young reinstated by the NCAA.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, the school is expected to submit a written report this week requesting the immediate reinstatement of Young. The Buckeyes are holding Young out of games after he admitted to receiving a loan from a family friend to fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl last year, which he repaid.

No determination has been made by the NCAA over how many games Young will miss. The school must prove that Young and his family friend had a “preexisting relationship” that was not related to Young’s athletic ability. They are also expected to be asked why Young waited so long to admit to receiving the loan. The fact that Young repaid the loan, however, is expected to work in his favor.

Regardless of how the process goes, Young is viewed as unlikely to play against Rutgers this weekend. The Buckeyes are unlikely to need him to win that game but will want him back on the field for major showdowns with Penn State and Michigan, if possible.

Initial reporting that Young is likely to be suspended four games appears to be inaccurate, at least for now, though that is the maximum suspension he could face if the loan was for more than $800. No determination has been made yet, but there appear to be some factors working in Young’s favor.


By: Grey Papke

Duke makes big mistake by not going to Zion on final possession in loss

Duke was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, losing 68-67 to Michigan State in their Elite Eight clash. While the game was close for nearly the entire second half and thrilling to watch, the Blue Devils made a baffling decision on their final possession.

Duke was down 68-66 with just under six seconds remaining. The Blue Devils were taking the ball out from the baseline after a review showed that Michigan State had knocked the ball out of bounds. I thought for sure the ball was going to Zion Williamson, but instead he drifted away from the passer, while the ball went into RJ Barrett, who was closer to the side where the inbounds pass was.

Barrett drove to the basket and went up in traffic for a shot and got fouled. Just a 66.5 percent free throw shooter, Barrett missed the first attempt. He tried to miss the second attempt, but it actually bounced in. Duke fouled Michigan State on the ensuing inbound and lost when the Spartans dribbled away with the ball.

Duke’s big mistake was not going to its best player, Williamson. He’s the guy who has carried the Blue Devils through their toughest moments and closest games. He delivered late against UCF. He’s the one you want with the ball with the game on the line.

After so many close calls at the end of Duke’s previous games, it’s not really surprising that the Blue Devils’ luck ran out. You can’t have so many games come down to the final play and expect each one to go your way. But you also have to give yourself the best chance to win, and by not going to Zion, Duke didn’t do that.

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By: Larry Brown

Takeaways from the NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

The brackets have been revealed and the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner. After an absolutely insane week of conference tournament play, the NCAA popped bubbles and handed out seeds, filling out the 68-team field.

This March’s edition of madness is sure to have just as much drama as every prior year. The bracket revealed Sunday will not leave college basketball fans unsatisfied.

Here then are six big takeaways from the bracket reveal:

1. Duke is a deserving top overall seed

Following the return of Zion Williamson and run to the ACC Tournament Championship, Duke was rewarded with the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. It’s likely the right choice, given the somewhat nebulous rules about evaluating teams with injured players (three of their five losses came without their best player).

Technically, the committee can put less weight on Duke’s struggles without Zion. If you ignore those losses, Duke’s placement atop the bracket is the right call.

2. ACC with a strong showing in No. 1 seeds

Virginia and North Carolina joined their ACC rival on the top line. This is the first time a conference has earned three number one seeds since the Big East did so in 2009. Both earned their spot. Virginia has just three losses all season, two of which came to a full-strength Duke team. North Carolina beat Duke twice, and also boasts wins over Gonzaga, Louisville, and Virginia Tech.

Gonzaga remained the top seed out West, despite losing in the WCC Tournament final. The committee rewarded the Zags for their entire body of work, rather than punishing them for one loss versus a strong team. Saint Mary’s was given an 11 seed, nearly in the at-large field had they not beaten the Zags.

3. Two seeds are a dangerous group

This season, eight teams have separated themselves from the pack. Four were given top seeds and the other four followed right behind on the two-line. Michigan and Michigan State both received two seeds despite the outcome of their game earlier in the day. Sparty has a bit of a gripe about being placed in Duke’s region, but the NCAA favors geography over the seed list, damning the Big Ten champs to the East region.

Tennessee and Kentucky both earned two seeds as well despite losing in the SEC Tournament this week. Tennessee’s neutral site victory over the Wildcats this week likely put the Vols a tick ahead on the seed line, landing them in the South Region.

4. Interesting teams squeak into the tourney

The most noteworthy team sneaking in to the last four at-large spots is Belmont. When the Bruins lost the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament final to Murray State, they promptly took a seat on the edge of the bubble. Thankfully, the NCAA favored Belmont’s success in the few big games the Bruins played over the mediocrity of middling power conference teams.

Belmont will be joined in Dayton by Temple, Arizona State and St. John’s. Chris Mullins’ team tumbled down the stretch, ending with a blowout loss in the Big East tournament. The Red Storm’s last two weeks sent them to Dayton.

5. No snub feels egregious

Of the teams listed as the first four out of the Dance, none stand out as particularly scorned. UNC-Greensboro lost in its conference tournament, but didn’t have the quality wins on its resume to survive.

The other three, Indiana, Clemson and TCU, came from power conferences, where they all went .500 or worse in league play. The Horned Frogs were 5-5 in Big XII play at one point and looked solidly in the field before collapsing. TCU lost six of its last eight regular season tilts and punched a ticket right to the NIT.

North Carolina State was not even given the benefit of the “Last Four Out” designation, yet had some intriguing metrics on its side. The Wolfpack were ranked 33rd by KenPom and the NCAA’s own NET calculation and were 26th per ESPN’s BPI.

6. There are some enticing first round matchups

Building a bracket can go a million ways, thankfully almost all of them leave the viewers happy at the end of the day. Just during the first two days of play we’ll be treated to some gems. Rick Pitino’s son, Richard, will get to coach his Minnesota team against Louisville, the school that fired his father. A talented Yale team will give an embattled LSU program its money’s worth (pun intended). Wisconsin will travel across the country to San Jose to face a red-hot Oregon team.

The bracket even gifts us some amazing match-ups between individual players. Ja Morant from Murray State will face Marquette sharp-shooter Markus Howard. Most intriguingly, two of the most unconscious shooters in the nation will square off when Wofford’s Fletcher Magee and Seton Hall’s Myles Powell go shot-for-shot.

By: Jeremy Brevard

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