By Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor The NCAA announced several major rule changes on college basketball recruiting and player eligibility on Aug. 8. The rule changes were made in an attempt to address the “play for pay” bribery scandals that have rocked the NCAA for years. But will the new policies introduced actually help drive out this “corruption” of the college basketball industry? Or, have they really only created more issues that’ll have to be addressed in the future? One of the new rules expected to be implemented will allow players to hire agents to represent them as they inquire about entering the pros, so long as the agents are certified by the NCAA. If players go undrafted or simply decide they want to return to school, the new rules will allow those choices and their student-athlete status won’t be revoked for hiring an agent. But what exactly will the NCAA’s certification standards be? Will the NCAA now be responsible for … [Read more...] about Are New NCAA Rules Just a PR Stunt to Avoid Paying Players?
Pondering the impact of the change in kickoff rules, Brent Brennan drew a laugh from a room of coaches and journalists.“We’re going to onside kick every time,” the San Jose State coach said.One person not laughing was the coach sitting next to him at this roundtable event at last week’s Mountain West Media Summit in Las Vegas.“I don’t think that’s as big a joke as people think it is,” San Diego State’s Rocky Long said.The new NCAA rule allows the return team to fair catch any ball inside its 25-yard line and receive the ball at the 25, the same spot that used to be reserved for kicks downed in the end zone. The hope was the fair catch would be incentivized, fewer teams would attempt returns, and the high-impact play would occur less frequently and the game would grow a bit safer.But to hear the discussion among Mountain West coaches, it appears kickoffs have never demanded a bigger focus than right now as teams try to figure out how … [Read more...] about Onside kick every time? New NCAA rules have Mountain West coaches pondering possibilities
Former Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person renewed his request to dismiss the federal charges against him to be dropped with his lawyers once again arguing the government cannot make violating NCAA rules federal crimes and characterize the government's case as "deeply flawed." Person's lawyers filed a reply memorandum of law in support of his motion to dismiss the superseding indictment against him on six federal charges related to the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball, stating that violating NCAA rules "is not a proper purpose of a federal criminal prosecution." Person's lawyer, Theresa Trzaskoma, argues against each of the six charges against him, specifically the government's "revised wire fraud theory," in a 20-page reply brief and a separate six-page reply memo in support of a motion to suppress wiretap and cell phone evidence filed Friday in the Southern District of New York. "Straining to charge the alleged NCAA rules violation as a … [Read more...] about Lawyers for former Auburn coach Chuck Person: Violating NCAA rules isn’t federal crime
CHICAGO -- Two new NCAA rules will impact Penn State and its opponents this fall. Big Ten Coordinator of Football Officials Bill Carollo was on hand here at Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday to explain both new additions that fans and teams should be aware of. The first is that any signal made by a returner inside of the 25-yard-line on kickoffs will constitute a fair catch, as long as the catch is completed, and give the receiving team the ball at the 25. The goal of the rule is to eliminate "those pooch kicks that are in the side zones that we're trying to eliminate in the game because it has proven out to our testing and reviewing that some major injuries have happened on kickoffs," Carollo said. "So we're not going to eliminate kickoffs. We're taking a stepped approach. But if a fair catch occurs inside the 25-yard line we'll award the ball at the 25-yard line." Lions head coach James Franklin was asked about how the new rule would change his approach on Monday. "I think you're … [Read more...] about Two new NCAA rules that Penn State fans should be aware of ahead of the 2018 season
The Oregon State football program was hit with a secondary violation by the NCAA Friday for sending recruiting material to current University of Hawaii players, Oregon media outlets reported. PHOTO BY STEVEN ERLER / SPECIAL TO THE STAR-ADVERTISER / APRIL 2018 FILE PHOTO Wide Receiver Tristin Kamaka (49) dives for a pass during an NCAA Hawaii Warriors Spring Football Practice at the UH Upper Campus Football Field, Honolulu, Hawaii. NCAA rules do not permit schools to send recruiting material to players who have already signed with or are enrolled at another institution. The Oregon State football program was hit with a secondary violation by the NCAA Friday for sending recruiting material to current University of Hawaii players, Oregon media outlets reported. UH football coach Nick Rolovich tweeted his displeasure in May when the materials, including invitations to OSU’s spring game, showed up on campus addressed to Rainbow Warrior players. Rolovich posted photos … [Read more...] about Oregon State violates NCAA rules for sending recruiting materials to UH players