- The college football conference shuffle had some moves become official on July 1 with the changes as follows:
o Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten
o East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa to the American
o Louisville to the ACC
o Old Dominion and Western Kentucky to Conference USA
o Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Idaho, and New Mexico State to the Sun Belt
- The NCAA announced on Monday that it will reopen its investigation into the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina
- The announcement came on the heels of former basketball player Rashad McCants alleging academic fraud within the university.
- The investigation was reopened “After determining that additional people with information and others who were previously uncooperative might be willing to speak with the enforcement staff.”
- SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, speaking at SEC Media Days said that “if the Power 5 conferences don’t get the autonomy [they] want to provide more benefits to college athletes, a new “venue” would be established for the major schools.”
- SEC officials expressed optimism that the Division I Board of Directors will pass a proposal Aug. 7 for a governance structure giving the Power 5 conferences the ability to create some of their own legislation.
- Some topics up for discussion if the new governance structure passes will be improving transfer policies and determining a full cost of attendance: “If we can get the whole structure in place, implement a full cost of attendance and maybe a couple other things in the first four or five months, we would have accomplished a lot,” Slive said.
- 2015 former SMU recruit Emmanuel Mudiay recently decided that he would play overseas and forego playing college basketball.
- This week Mudiay, who was ranked the number 5 recruit in the nation among 2015 grads by ESPN, signed a contract for 1 year and 1.2 million dollars to play next season in China.
- He is the first big time recruit to go play overseas since Brandon Jennings in 2008, who skipped college basketball to play in Italy.
- Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowslby turned heads in a press conference this week when he said that “Cheating pays” in college football.
- Bowlsby also said that “Enforcement is broken,” and that the infractions committee hasn’t had a hearing in almost a year.
- Bowlsby believes that as a result of the current lawsuits, that men’s Olympic sports will go away due to funding challenges.
- Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy echoed Bowlsby’s statement, when he said that teams are cheating and saying “Catch me if you can.”
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