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Penn St Head football coach James Franklin finds camp loophole

  • Former Vanderbilt and current Penn State head coach James Franklin has found a loophole regarding camps that the SEC is not happy about.
  • The Penn State coaching staff plans to work with student-athletes at camps at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and Stetson University in Deland, FL.
  • The NCAA rule, limits football programs from running high school camps more than 50 miles outside of their campus.
  • However, a loophole allows coaching staffs to work at, but not run camps outside of the 50 mile radius.
  • While the SEC conference prohibits coaches at SEC schools from doing this, it is perfectly legal in the Big Ten conference.
  • The SEC is not happy with Franklin and coaching staffs infringing on their “territory” and the SEC coaches are upset that not all conferences are playing by the same rules.

O’Bannon v. NCAA trial begins

  • The O’Bannon v. NCAA trial finally began Monday.
  • The first big piece of news was that the NCAA settled the Sam Keller lawsuit for $20 million dollars, which dealt with basketball and football players appearing in Electronic Arts video games.
  • You can read about that HERE
  • O’Bannon’s three main points on day one were:
    • His first priority at UCLA was to play basketball, not be a student.
    • If an athlete’s likeness generates revenue, they should be compensated, from Little League on up.
    • Stanford Economist Roger Noll called the NCAA a cartel and has restrained the market, thus creative an anticompetitive environment and causing harm to players and consumers.
  • The NCAA’s two main points on day one were:
    • The NCAA was attempting to show that any academic predicament O’Bannon experienced was his own fault, not the systems.
    • In 2009, the NCAA had a task force that concluded college sports are a “professional undertaking” for everyone but the students.

North Carolina under heat again for academic fraud

  • Rashad McCants, a former University of North Carolina basketball player, recently told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that he could have been academically ineligible during the 2004-05 season.
  • He confessed that he only stayed eligible because he took “paper classes” and had others write his term papers.
  • Paper classes are classes in which someone doesn’t have to attend class, only write one term paper at the end of the semester.
  • McCants said that he even made the Dean’s List in the spring of 2005. He received straight-A’s despite not attending any of his four classes.
  • He said that Head Coach Roy Williams knew about these paper classes and that advisers and tutors who worked with the basketball program steered him toward taking these classes within the African-American Studies program.
  • McCants also said that when he took regular classes, he still rarely attended and tutors wrote his papers for him.

Robert Morris to offer video game scholarships

  • Robert Morris University, which at present gives out 1,400 athletic and activity scholarships spread among its 10 Illinois campuses, will be adding 30 athletic scholarships for students who play the game “League of Legends.”
  • Kurt Melcher, the associate athletic director at RMU, said “It’s a team sport. There’s strategy involved. You have to know your role in the game. Obviously it’s not cardiovascular in any way, but it’s mental. There are elements that go into it that are just like any other sport.”
  • Since the announcement, RMU has received hundreds of inquiries from prospective e-athletes.
  • RMU President Michael Viollt says the video game program could be a way to reach a population underserved by higher education – technologically minded young men who aren’t into team sports and who need an extra boost to get to college and stay there.

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