Jaden Rashada case in Florida highlights issues in NIL, recruiting
Using name, image and likeness compensation to recruit college athletes is still very much against NCAA rules. The recent de-commitment from Florida by blue chip quarterback Jaden Rashada shows that NIL is definitely a factor in decisions. Booster-funded collectives are taking on a big role in compensating athletes. Schools can only hope they are acting within the rules and in their best interest. Inserting a third-party in the recruiting process between coaches and recruits has only complicated things. Experts say the collectives should focus on athletes who are already on campus.
Florida Gators QB Jalen Kitna bonds out of jail after arrest on child porn charges
Florida Gators backup quarterback Jalen Kitna bonded out of jail Thursday evening after he was arrested Wednesday on two charges of distribution of child exploitation material and three charges of possession of child pornography.
Kirby Smart complains about Jacksonville location of Florida-Georgia game — again
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart has been grumbling about the Florida-Georgia game being held in Jacksonville for years, and during Southeastern Conference Media Days this week, he renewed his calls for the annual rivalry game to be played on the universities’ campuses instead.
Florida St. takes game 1 of series, Seminoles one win away from softball championship
Florida State opened the best-of-three championship round at the Women's College World Series with a resounding win over No. 1 Oklahoma, leaving the Seminoles one win away from the school's second NCAA softball championship.
Rubio backs bill to take national approach to paying college athletes
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Warning about a patchwork of laws in different states, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced legislation Thursday that would require the NCAA to put in place rules that would allow college athletes to get paid for their names, images and likenesses. Ron DeSantis signed a bill designed to allow Florida college athletes to receive compensation. Rubios proposal would take a national approach, requiring the NCAA to put in place rules by June 30, 2021, that would allow athletes to be compensated. As states continue to pass laws determining how college athletes can be compensated for their name, image, and likeness, it is clear that a patchwork of 50 state laws would be devastating to college sports, Rubio said in a prepared statement. The bill DeSantis signed last Friday establishes rights for college athletes and schools and allows students to have professional representation through agents licensed by the state or attorneys in good standing with The Florida Bar.
College basketball coach beats COVID-19, continues fighting fatigue
Cleveland State University womens head basketball coach, Chris Kielsmeier, 44, had no known underlying health conditions when he learned he had COVID-19. Just as the pandemic ended the college basketball season, Kielsmeiers symptoms began to worsen. When I woke up on Thursday I didn't feel any better and, and then it really started to hit like, Gosh, could this be the coronavirus? asked Kielsmeier. He was really sick. Even though its taken him longer than expected to get back into the swing of things, he continues fighting every day.