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Cuonzo talks with SportsBeat KC

Mizzou News for Wednesday, May 20

Cuonzo Martin on your Kansas City airwaves

On Tuesday afternoon, Cuonzo Martin was a guest on Blair Kerkhoff and Souichi Terada’s SportsBeat KC pod to talk about a little of everything: the newcomers, X & Dru, Jordan vs LeBron, his sneaker collection, the name & likeness ruling, and so much more! It was great, and I highly suggest a listen. Here’s some highlights:

On name & likeness and how it will impact college basketball in the future:

“We were on an SEC call with Greg Sankey with the SEC coaches, and the unknown is how the NCAA moves forward. What I think you want to do more than anything— you want every state to be governed the same way, whether the SEC governs everything. You don’t want every state to do different things. I think that’s where problems could occur. As long as everyone is in line.. it’s long overdue.”

Will it become part of Mizzou’s recruiting pitch? How will it be employed?

“I think so. I think for every school it will be. When you talk about something of this magnitude, it certainly will be for us. The NCAA is still working on how it’s going to be employed.”

“I’ll give you an example. Take Michael Porter Jr. He goes down the court and dunks the ball and he gets a hundred to a million views. Big time dunk and all that. With name, image & likeness, though, Mike can’t take that in and profit off that photo because of the branding- it has a Mizzou logo and Mizzou branding, He’d almost have to be wearing just a regular shirt...”

It will surely be interesting to see how the NCAA figures this all out, that’s for sure. Souichi also wrote about it for the KC Star, so you can check it out there as well.

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