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Next Battle: NCAA Rules v. State Laws

Plus: Tigers Rep USA In China; Wayt Highlights Academic All-America Squad

JUNE 29, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Next Battle: NCAA Rules v. State Laws

by Dan Murphy, ESPN

The NCAA's national office informed member schools Tuesday that some methods schools have started using to get more directly involved in helping their athletes make money from name, image and likeness deals are violations of the association's rules.

New NCAA guidelines directly conflict with some state laws that are already in effect or will go into effect by the end of the summer, setting up a potential clash that will once again test the association's legal ability to enforce its rules. In a letter sent to the schools Tuesday afternoon, Stan Wilcox, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs, wrote that even if state laws allow for some specific types of NIL activities, schools could be punished by the NCAA for pursuing them.”

» Why It Matters: “In recent months, several states have passed laws that allow for fundraising groups that are legally separate yet closely partnered with universities to start paying athletes for NIL endorsements.”

» Between The Lines:Tim Buckley, the NCAA's senior vice president of external affairs, said the NCAA isn't forcing schools to break any state laws. It is instead letting schools know that just because a state permits a certain type of activity doesn't mean NCAA members are allowed to do it.”


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2. ‘They’ve Put The Time In’: Trinity Cagers Headed To China

by Mike Hall, USA Basketball

“When considering some of college basketball’s finest programs, one may immediately envision Dean Smith guiding Michael Jordan, James Worthy and the University of North Carolina to the iconic 1982 title or the “Wizard of Westwood,” John Wooden.

Unbeknownst to many Division I hoops fanatics, though, exists a program committed to excellence at the Division III level. Located roughly four miles from the heart of San Antonio, Trinity University’s men’s basketball program offers both its players and coaching staff a place to develop a brotherhood on and off the hardwood.

This sense of community certainly helped Trinity head coach Jimmy Smith and a number of his players foster long-term relationships with USA Basketball.”

» Court Awareness: “Just two years ago, Tigers athletes contributed to the 3x3 USA Select Team during the 2020 Olympic qualifying process staged in ‘bubble’ environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

» Why It Matters: USA Basketball’s 3×3 National Team Committee picked six Trinity players to compete at the 2023 FIBA 3x3 U21 Nations League from June 23-29 in Handan, China.

» Quotable: “I think everyone dreams of being in a position where you can put your country on your chest and compete [to represent] that group,” said Smith. “It means the world to me and to our guys as well.”

3. Mount Union’s Wayt Named XC/T&F Academic All-America of Year

Recent graduate Kenadee Wayt was selected as the Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year as the College Sports Communicators announced their 2023 Academic All-America team.

A three-time national champion, Wayt claimed the indoor 200m and outdoor 200m and 400m titles at the NCAA Division III Championships. She also compiled a 4.0 grade point average in biology.

Thirteen of the 45 members of the Academic All-America® Division III women’s track and field/cross country teams boast a perfect 4.0 GPA in their undergraduate work or graduate school. The 17 honorees on the first team have an average GPA of 3.93.

First Team

  • Grace Devanney, Wesleyan (Conn.), Sr., 3.99, Neuroscience & Behavior / Psychology

  • Marion Edwards, Loras, Sr., 3.98, Media Studies & Public Relations

  • Aubrie Fisher, Wartburg, Sr., 3.93, Sociology / Psychology

  • Anna Haddad, MIT, Sr., 4.00, Mechanical Engineering

  • Isabella Hogue, Nebraska Wesleyan, Jr., 4.00, Communication Studies

  • Victoria Kadiri, Johns Hopkins, Jr., 3.53, Engineering /Africana Studies

  • Emma Kelley, Washington U., Jr., 3.88, Psychological & Brain Sciences

  • Anna Kenig-Ziesler, Chicago, Grad, 3.99, Public Policy

  • Emma Lawrence, UW-La Crosse, Sr., 3.79, Biology

  • Birgen Nelson, Gustavus Adolphus, Sr., 3.96, Political Science / Classical Languages

  • Sydney Packard, WPI, Grad, 3.95, Chemical Engineering

  • Tessa Pitcovich, Ohio Northern, Grad, 4.00, Accounting

  • Lia Rotti, Tufts, Sr., 3.98, Applied Mathematics

  • Sophia Slovenski, Southern Maine, Sr., 3.97, Health Sciences

  • Fiona Smith, Saint Benedict, Jr., 4.00, Mathematics

  • Annika Urban, Emory, Sr., 3.92, Human Health

  • Kenadee Wayt, Mount Union, Sr., 4.00, Biology

» Complete Team
» Coming later today, the Men’s team announcement

4. Lightning Round ⚡️

🗞 News. Bob Jones University is no longer pursuing NCAA Division III membership.

🗞 News. Happy to report that former American Southwest Conference commissioner Amy Carlton will become associate commissioner of the DII Lone Star Conference.

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