Evidently it’s okay for Olympic athletes to pocket a few bucks for their success and still compete in NCAA athletics. But when somebody starts making Emmert-type money, well…
The NCAA will likely “very quickly” address a rule that allowed a University of Texas swimmer to receive $740,000 from Singapore for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday.
Joseph Schooling, a junior at Texas, won gold in the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympics, defeating a field that included Michael Phelps. The Singapore National Olympic Council awarded Schooling nearly three-quarters of a million dollars, an amount he can keep without losing his college eligibility due to NCAA rules tied to Olympic awards.
“To be perfectly honest, it’s caused everybody to say, ‘Oh, well that’s not really what we were thinking about,'” Emmert said Thursday during a discussion about college sports at The Aspen Institute. “So I don’t know where the members will go on that. That’s a little different than 15 grand for the silver medal for swimming for the US of A. So I think it’s going to stimulate a very interesting conversation.”
Amen to that, Mark. Things are so much easier when you can keep kids in their place by coming down on them for spending their book money on pencils, binders, and electronics at a school bookstore.
I’m surprised this isn’t getting more attention, but if you’ll dial up the latest episode of The Audible with Feldman & Mandel to around the 4:30 mark, you’ll hear Bruce Feldman report that not only has the NCAA spoken with some current SEC players about Ole Miss’ recruiting, but at least two SEC head coaches have also spoken with the NCAA.
Even juicier are the alleged motives behind that: “There was a lot of acrimony and frustration with Ole Miss and the NCAA and how it was handled at that point…”
Whoa. We’re gonna need a bigger bag of popcorn.
Pat Forde reports that the Ole Miss investigation is growing.
The NCAA’s protracted investigation of Mississippi has taken a new twist within the last month – investigators have interviewed players at two or more rival Southeastern Conference schools about their recruitment by the Rebels, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.
NCAA Enforcement representatives have visited Auburn and Mississippi State, and perhaps at least one more SEC Western Division school, this summer to speak with players who were recruited by Ole Miss. The players were granted immunity from potential NCAA sanctions in exchange for truthful accounts of their recruitment, sources said.
Those interviews indicate that the NCAA investigation has expanded beyond the spring focus on former All-American offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Generally speaking, you don’t want to see the word “immunity” in a context like that.
Expanding investigations is what the NCAA likes to do. I’m starting to think this won’t end well for ol’ Hugh.
As your chest swells with pride over US accomplishments in Rio, just remember that it wouldn’t be possible without the NCAA enforcing its amateurism rules.
I know that some of you questioned the size of the settlement the Sheely family reportedly received from the state of Maryland in light of the amount being pursued in their lawsuit.
Perhaps you should have waited until you heard the other shoe drop.
The NCAA and other co-defendants will pay $1.2 million to a foundation created for a Division III football player who died from a head injury, according to settlement terms released Monday.
Derek Sheely was a Frostburg State football player who collapsed during a 2011 practice after sustaining a head injury and later died. Two years later, his family sued the NCAA, two Frostburg State coaches, an athletic trainer and the helmet manufacturer. The family claimed the school employees missed multiple chances to treat Sheely’s injury and the NCAA had responsibility by failing to implement concussion protocol rules or investigating his death.
The case was scheduled for a five-week trial in June before a settlement was reached.
That’s a lot of money to keep Mark Emmert away from answering questions in a deposition. But if you’re the NCAA’s attorneys, it was probably worth it.
Donald Remy thinks it’s all good.
“While the settlement acknowledges no admission of liability by the NCAA, the NCAA believes this settlement will help the foundation advance research and education in the prevention of traumatic brain injury,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “As a leader in promoting enhanced safety in college sports, the NCAA is firmly committed to fostering greater understanding of student-athlete well-being.”
Whatever helps you sleep at night, bro.
And Donald Remy warns Kessler he’s got a tough road ahead of him “in light of being bound by the O’Bannon decision.”
Sure is weird reading that.