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Proposed NCAA transfer rule changes kicked back to committee Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident Star guard Paige Bueckers plans to play for UConn in 2023-24

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The recommendation to change the transfer rules for Division I college athletes, which provided for unlimited transfer options with immediate eligibility, was returned to the committee for further study by the NCAA DI Board of Directors.

The transfer rule proposals were among several that came from the NCAA Transformation Committee and were endorsed by the Division I Council two weeks ago.

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“We have some questions about the proposed transfer package and we will return to this topic again on August 31 at our next meeting. Many of us are concerned about how name and likeness affect the transfer process, and we want to further analyze this issue and its potential impact on graduation rates before taking action,” said University of Georgia President and Chairman of the Board Jere Morehead. in a statement.

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The Board accepted the recommendations of the Transformation Committee, which will allow schools to provide more financial benefits to athletes.

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“Schools can now pay more to support a student’s academic performance, purchase insurance such as critical injury or illness and loss of value, and fund participation in elite education, tryouts and competitions,” Transformation Committee Co-Chairs Greg Sankey. , commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, and Julie Kromer, athletic director at Ohio University, said in a statement.

The proposed changes to the transfer rules also included the introduction of sport-specific windows during the school year, where athletes would be required to enter their names on the transfer portal in order to be immediately eligible for the following year.

Winter and spring sports athletes will be required to provide written transfer notice within 60 days of qualifying for an NCAA championship in their sport.

In autumn sports, including football, two entrance windows were proposed. The first will begin the day after the selection for the championship and will last 45 days. The second will be from 1 to 15 May.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has raised concerns about transfer windows.

“SAAC fully supports several aspects of the transfer concept, but we believe that transfer windows unnecessarily restrict student-athlete freedom of movement,” said Missouri volleyball player Brynn Carlson.

The proposal, which caused alarm among coaches and administrators, was to change the rule to allow athletes to transfer as often as they wish and play immediately as long as they are academically eligible and progressing towards their degree.

Currently, all athletes are granted a one-time exception that allows them to transfer and become immediately eligible for a new school.

For athletes involved in popular sports such as football and basketball, this one-time exemption was only granted last year. It has been used in other sports for years.

“Based on this dialogue, we will work to refine our proposal to decide how the transfer policy aligns with current academic and performance requirements, and address current and emerging issues facing college athletics,” said Kromer and Sankey. . “In addition, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest student-athlete proposals for transfer windows.”

SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Michigan. Emony Bates, a former basketball prodigy who moved to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, has been charged with two felony charges after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

Bates, 18, was unable to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a gun was found during a search, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the car and gun did not belong to Bates.

“I hope people can hold back on judgment and understand that there is a benefit of the doubt,” Haney said. “It was not his car. It wasn’t his gun. … We are still gathering facts.”

Bates was charged with concealed carry and altering the markings on firearms. He was released after his lawyer pleaded not guilty. The next hearing in the Bates case will take place on October 6.

“This is his first run-in with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot Bates moved to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points per game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of the situation with one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to collect more details and will provide additional comments when more information becomes available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the 2020 high school basketball Gatorade National Player of the Year award, defeating Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit selected Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick last year, two picks before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago but later backed out and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, which ended 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed most of the season with a back injury before appearing in two games in the NCAA Tournament in Memphis.

In 2019, as a freshman in high school, the slender and experienced quarterback led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan Division I Player of the Year by the Associated Press. His second season was interrupted by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy in his junior year, his last year of high school.

STORRS, Connecticut. On Thursday, UConn announced that it had agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination lawsuits related to his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to more than $11.1 million in back wages that Ollie has already paid off after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was wrongfully fired under the school’s agreement with the professors’ union.

“I’m grateful that we were able to come to an agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am glad that this issue has now been completely and finally resolved.

Ollie, the former UConn point guard who led the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was fired after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him on his contract, citing multiple NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on two-year probation, and Ollie was subject to individual sanctioning for violations that the NCAA determined occurred between 2013 and 2018. the purpose of firing Ollie “for a good reason”.

The school argued that Ollie’s misdeeds were serious and that his individual contract superseded these union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers argued that white coaches, including Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Jeno Oriemma, also committed NCAA violations but were not fired, and indicated that they planned to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement on Thursday that they have settled the matter “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who has faced three years of NCAA restrictions on becoming a college basketball coach again, currently coaches the Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top non-college prospects for the pros.

TUCSON, Arizona. – Atlanta Dream guard Ari McDonald returns to Arizona to work under coach Adiya Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald would be recruiting director, continuing his commitment to the WNBA. She will oversee all recruitment logistics, assist with campus visits, and manage recruitment information and social media content in Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after he moved from Washington in his sophomore year. She was the 2020-21 Pac-12 Player of the Year and All-American Player of the Year, leading the Wildcats to a national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

COLOMBIA, South Carolina. South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Don Staley canceled a series of home games with BYU due to a recent racially motivated incident in which a Cougars fan shouted insults at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on November 7 and then play on the Utah campus for the 2023–24 season.

But Staley cited last month’s BYU home volleyball game as the reason for the series’ cancellation.

“As head coach, my job is to do the best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The BYU incident made me re-evaluate our house and home and I don’t feel like now is the right time for us to be in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racist slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident, and Richardson said high school volleyball players reached out to her for support.

South Carolina said it was looking for another home rival to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to cancel the games.

STORRS, Connecticut. Paige Buckers is set to play basketball in the 2023-24 season for Connecticut after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.


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