Skull Session: NCAA to crack down on NIL collectives, Quinn Ewers talks Ohio State, Gene Smith says FBS football should split from NCAA

May the 4 be with you all.

Word of the day: Mercurial.

RIP NIL COLLECTIVE? NIL’s current situation has become such an absolute disaster that the NCAA has actually decided to do something about it – or at least try.

After several months of NIL collectives handing out proverbial six- and seven-figure bags to secure commitments without even trying to hide it, the NCAA finally had enough.

University administrators, who are part of a task force to revise NIL, are finalizing additional guidelines that should clarify that boosters and booster-led collectives are prohibited from participating in recruiting. , multiple sources told Sports Illustrated. The guidelines will provide more guidance to member schools on what many administrators say are “pay to play” deals disguised as NILs orchestrated by donors to attract prospects, recruit players from other varsity teams and retain their own athletes.

The new guidelines will highlight existing NCAA regulations that prohibit boosters from participating in recruiting, reminding member schools of the safeguards that, though in place for years, have been bent and broken in the first 10 months of the NIL era, according to officials. According to a long-standing NCAA rule, boosters are a representative arm of an athletic department and are not expected to associate with or persuade prospects.

The guidelines, still in draft form, stress that reminder-backed collectives should be prohibited from associating with high school prospects and college transfers, potentially opening the door to contentious legal challenges between association and recall groups.

“We let things get out of hand,” says an official with knowledge of the guidelines. “We have to get [the boosters] contact recruits and barter with them.

My first reaction here is *extremely Taken villain voice * Good luck.

I sincerely appreciate that the NCAA is trying to do something productive here – a welcome change indeed! — but it feels like there’s no way to enforce that, especially with virtually every attorney involved in these class actions openly bragging about the strength of their contracts under NCAA rules.

The general mood of all the collectives has been something along the lines of “I’d like to see the NCAA try to stop us”, which doesn’t really invite optimism that “suppressing” is really going to do a lot of things. asset.

But I guess at the very least, it could force all those cash-vs-commitment deals back under the table where they belong.

“I ENJOYED MY TIME AT OHIO STATE.” Speaking of gigantic NIL deals, Quinn Ewers and his mule took to the Interwebs yesterday to discuss his decision to go to Texas, which naturally meant he first had to discuss his decision to go – and leave – Ohio State.

And now that I’m writing this Players’ Tribune article, I know you all have questions. The biggest one being probably: Why UT now? Why did I go all the way to Ohio State in the first place?

… Can I be honest with you all?

There’s a lot of pressure that comes with this sort of thing. There was already a lot of pressure when I made this decision the first time around, and now that I started the process over, there may have been even more pressure the second time around.

Finding a balance between internal and external expectations has always been a challenge for me. On the outside, from trolls to people who like you, inviting so many opinions and perspectives into a pick like this is never ideal. And inside, I always try to find a balance between having a lot of self-confidence and wanting to stay as humble as possible in order to see things clearly.

It’s hard to make life-changing decisions when you’re only 17 or 18 years old. But this time I really tried to block out all the noise and focus on what I wanted for myself. It took a lot of prayers, but I’m confident in the choice I made.

If you’re looking for a messier answer, you won’t find it here. I enjoyed my time at Ohio State, and I look back on it as a lesson that pushed me to where I’m meant to be. I am grateful for the experience.

It was truly a masterclass in writing words and forming coherent sentences while saying virtually nothing. I take off my cap.

I guess at the end of the day the most important parts are “I enjoyed my stay at Ohio State” and “I’m grateful for the experience”. Past that, I’m not sure what you can really expect from him.

NO NCAA NEEDED. The media and fans have been talking about it online for years, but now Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith is finally saying it openly and officially from a position of power – FBS football doesn’t have any. don’t need the NCAA.

In fact, it would probably be better off without her.

With the college landscape amid sweeping change and uncertainty, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith proposed Tuesday that all 10 FBS conferences operate under the college football playoff umbrella with their own rules and structure while the NCAA continues to run championships for basketball and Olympic sports.

Smith, who said he was “just throwing ideas around” in a brief interview with ESPN during the Big Ten spring meetings, said schools that offer 85 scholarships “need different rules.” He said they could create minimum standards for membership.

“We [can] create our own rules, create our own governance structure, have our own app, we have our own requirements, whatever those are,” Smith said. ” … It could be in the medical space, for example, if a student-athlete is hurt and injured in his senior year. You take care of them when they are done until they are healed. And we have the funding in place to do so. You don’t get anything else with the NCAA. You keep the academic requirements in place. The reality is that the schools that offer 85 football scholarships have made a different commitment and this needs to be addressed.

I would say this decision would be the best for everyone involved, but without looking at the finances, I feel like it would cost the NCAA an amount of money that my middle-class brain just can’t comprehend.

But at the end of the day, I’m not sure the NCAA really has much bargaining power here, one way or another. So ultimately, the FBS is just going to do what’s best. I wouldn’t be shocked if we see drastic changes on that front in the near future.

BRAVE MEN INC. You know what’s better than beating cancer? Beat cancer, then turn around and help a group of others do the same.

This is exactly what Dimitrious Stanley does.

Kudos to Mr. Stanley. Any enemy of cancer is a friend of mine.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Snow” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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