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NCAA's Emmert proud of accomplishments despites naysayers

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
NCAA President Mark Emmert said he is "incredibly proud" of the association's accomplishments under his watch despite much of the criticism he has received, according to Ralph Russo of the AP. While leading the NCAA through a period of unprecedented change, Emmert "has faced relentless criticism." For...

SBJ Atlas: Athlete NIL deals on display at football season openers

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
Alabama sophomore QB Bryce Young makes his first college start Saturday against Miami, but he’s had a busy summer already, signing NIL endorsements that ESPN has reported total more than $800,000. Young’s brand portfolio includes Cash App, Leaf, Onyx and Wild Card. His Miami counterpart, QB D’Eriq King, sports as...

Q&A: Tennessee AD White on returning the Vols to glory

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
Univ. of Tennessee AD Danny White was hired in January and has since "hired a football coach in Josh Heupel, hired a large number of athletic department staffers and made significant changes to Tennessee’s gameday experience," according to David Ubben of THE ATHLETIC. Prior to Tennessee's season-opening 38-6 win...

Pitt football program lands $20M donation from alum

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
Pitt alumnus Chris Bickell has "made a donation of $20 million to the football program -- the largest single gift in Pitt athletics history," according to Jerry DiPaola of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Half of the donation "will be used immediately to enhance the program’s training, nutrition and learning environment...

Vaccination rates to dictate narrative of college football season

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
The rescheduled games and no-contests connected to the pandemic-impacted '20 college football season "have all but vanished for 2021 so the games go on and the money keeps flowing," according to Alan Blinder of the N.Y. TIMES. Now there are "largely unforgiving policies intended to keep players...

TiVo signs on with Ga Tech as wide-ranging NIL deals take shape

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
TiVo’s first venture into creating NIL deals with college athletes has "landed at Georgia Tech, replete with products, a cash payment and silk pajamas," according to Ken Sugiura of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. TiVo has "signed deals with 90 Yellow Jackets football players, many of whom began promoting...

Big 12 honing in on four schools as possible replacements for OU, UT

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
The Big 12′s plan for "life after Texas and Oklahoma is taking shape," and at the moment, it would "include BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston as new members," according to Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Those four schools have "emerged as the frontrunners." Big 12...

Update: ESPN denies making offer that triggered UT, OU departure

Daily / Friday, September 3, 2021
UPDATE : ESPN has issued a statement to SBJ regarding the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram article. The statement reads, "This story is false and misleading. ESPN has never had a single interaction with the Big 12 or provided any guidance about a new agreement beyond 2024-25,...