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August NCAA Articles

(Conference shuffle season begins)

  • 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

NCAA reopens investigation into UNC athletics

  • 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 Officials Subtly Renew Threat to Leave NCAA

  • 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.

Emmanuel Mudiay to play in China

  • 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 speaks out on college landscape

  • 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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