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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: ‘Robust’ new proposals on athlete names, image and likeness rules are in the making, NCAA official says

Plus: Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart has a long-awaited epiphany

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USA Today reports that a top NCAA executive says a “very robust set of proposals” concerning changes to rules dictating athletes’ ability to make money from their names, images and likenesses will soon be presented to the association’s top-level schools.

From USA Today: “It remains to be seen how close they will come to the parameters of laws that have been enacted in California and Colorado or the bill that has been approved by the Florida legislature and is awaiting Gov. Ron DeSantis’ approval. [NCAA vice president for Division I Kevin] Lennon did not put a timeline on when Division I representatives will vote on possible rules changes. The Florida measure will take effect July 1, 2021.

In October – in the wake of California’s enactment of a law that would make it easier for athletes in that state to make money of their name, image and likeness – the NCAA’s governing board of college presidents directed all three of the association’s competitive divisions to create greater flexibility regarding NIL rules. This year, a panel comprising Division I administrators and two athlete representatives has been meeting and discussing various recommendations that are scheduled to be presented later this month to the division’s primary rules-making group, the Division I Council.”


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  • Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is expression his doubt over whether the 2020 college football season will look much like the seasons of past. “We don’t know when somebody is going to tell us it’s going to be OK to go back to close contact,” Bowlsby told ESPN. “I suspect that medical experts and scientists are going to be slow to give the green light on that. The magic start date is probably a mirage. It may be different in some high-density populations and areas than it is in more remote areas. It could be certain parts of the country and not other parts of the country. I don’t think there’s just going to be a day when we turn it all on again. There has to be a reacclimation period because athletes aren’t training at the same level they had been accustomed to.” Let’s hope he’s incorrect.
  • The XFL is done.
  • During an interview with 247Sports, former Heisman Trophy-winning USC Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart finally admitted that the 2005 Texas Longhorns were the better team during the 2006 Rose Bowl, in which Texas bested the reigning national champions. “Years passed, and you realize (Texas) deserved (to win the BCS Championship). It was a great football game,” he said. “I’ve said it a million times, Vince Young and Texas deserved to win. They were a great team, but he was just a one-man wrecking crew.”