Are we really surprised?
Once upon a time, I used to respect the NCAA. Granted, it was a long time ago, back when I didn’t know any better and they seemingly behaved in a civilized manner. I remember going to the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indy one year (2000, if I had to guess) when my parents and I were there to watch the US Olympic Swimming Trials and thinking, “Now THAT would be a cool job. I want to work for the NCAA.”
Now, of course, I’m grown and have seen the error of my ways. Make no mistake, the NCAA is a joke of an organization, fumbling the physical and metaphorical bag left and right. They had YEARS and massively bungled the LSU infractions case, and they are 100,000,000,000,000 percent sure to botch kU’s case. And now they’re trying to mess up the ONE good thing the Missouri legislature has done for its residents. They’ve come for our remarkably progressive NIL bill.
In case you’ve forgotten, here’s the proposed legislation (I can’t recall if it’s passed yet) from early May, via Matt Stahl at the Trib:
According to the amendment, high school athletes in the state of Missouri would be allowed to take NIL deals, as long as they’ve signed a national letter of intent with a public institution in the state. They will also be allowed to discuss NIL opportunities with coaches while being recruited.
There aren’t many states (any states?) with an NIL bill as good as this one. The Show Me state is showing they care about Missouri athletes. That might be all they care about, but I digress, and hey— at least they care about the sports ball stuff.
So about what the NCAA is doing to muck it all up…
Ross Dellenger, who everyone continues to hate on these days after sharing that unfortunate no-context quote from ol’ Eli, shared this on the Twittersphere (Elonsphere?):
What if a school violates NCAA rules despite following its state law?— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) June 27, 2023
NCAA to schools: These are your rules (we just enforce them), so you should just change the rules. Oh, by the way, this is a voluntary membership organization, so you can see your way out if you don’t like it. pic.twitter.com/GyBVFA4v6n
But how can they have power over a state law? Are they Oz? That’s where I get confused. How can a club like the NCAA have more say than an actual state law? Sounds like a club I don’t want to be apart of. And I think others would agree.
So will what they’re proposing work? Who knows. The institution has shown they are adept at absolutely nothing, so maybe it won’t actually make a difference, but still... STEP AWAY FROM OUR NIL, NCAA. LET THE SHOW ME STATE HAVE THIS ONE NICE THING.
Because this is Mizzou though, and while other schools are caught on FBI wiretaps and have sham classes and used their bagmen to funnel large amounts of money and cars and houses to prospective players and their parents and handlers, the Tigers get the book thrown at them for a rogue tutor who possibly impacted the academics of what, like 10 students max? So I fully expect Mizzou to get in trouble down the road for something related to this. Sorry, it’s just the way things are.
In one more NCAA thing, there are changes coming to NLI, not to be confused with NIL, as we already talked about. This is regarding National Letter of Intent. Per The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach, I think this broke my brain, as you will see:
The NLI penalty is the loss of one season of competition in all sports and a required one year in residence at the next NLI institution. (This happens if your school does not grant a complete release from the NLI.)— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 27, 2023
These changes come from the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), which has overseen the NLI program for nearly 60 years. They take effect for prospective student-athletes signing 2024-25 NLIs.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 27, 2023
So... maybe I'm not up on my rules here, but what’s changed here? It was already fine for a signee to request a release from his/her NLI when the head coach is out and not get a penalty, right? But then I’m kinda perplexed. In the rule’s previous iteration, I thought everyone got one free transfer, no matter when it occurred. And that itself was a new-ish rule? So did they take that away? — I’m thinking aloud here — Now you only aren’t penalized if you leave at semester? Or it’s only if you’re a freshman (most likely) who signed an NLI? So the players can just leave at semester and it won’t count as a “transfer” technically, just as out of their NLI. When does the “semester” start? Say you’re a FB player and come in for summer workouts and start taking classes, so you’re considered an active student. Does the summer semester, therefore, start your “clock?” So then you could just leave after summer workouts and go onto a different place like it never happened? POOF! But then in terms of this “penalty,” why sign any of that, anyway? For the pomp and circumstance of it all? Because the schools want you to? You don’t have to do it, right? Regular-schmegular transfers oftentimes just sign scholarship papers, correct? So why ever sign an NLI? And especially if you’re a normal grad transfer? To “force schools to stop contacting you?”
Hold up for a second.
Other schools are not supposed to contact you? HAAHAHAHHAHAAHAHHAA, Like that ever stopped ANYONE.
Does this have any impact on student-athletes who just move from school to school to school season after season? Like Connor Vanover, for instance, who was at both Arkansas and Oral Roberts before coming to Mizzou? Or Ronnie DeGray? Who’s been at UMass and Mizzou and is now at Wichita State? Sorry, no offense guys, you’re just who I thought of. But under these new rules, Blake Harris (remember him?), for example, would not have been penalized per these new rules when he transferred from MISSOURI (nevermind transferring to many other places after that, lol) during Christmas break in 2017, right? He signed an NLI, but he also transferred early enough to not be penalized. POOF. But Anton Brookshire, who signed an NLI and then transferred after a full year, WOULD be penalized because he waited a whole year? So confusing. Or are you only “penalized” if the school you’re leaving is a dum-dum about it? Note to schools: just let the kids go. Seriously.
Are we to interpret this internet stranger’s tweet as correct? I think so, right? RIGHT?
so Early Enrollees can leave penalty free after Spring Ball and Regular Enrollees can leave penalty free after Summer Classes. And since an NLI release would mean you aren't a transfer, presumably both would be eligible that Fall— Doug Scott (@DouglasTS) June 27, 2023
My head hurts.
On to the Links!
Don’t boil out there, friends. It’s gonna be a H-O-T one the next few days in mid-MO.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Nate is back with another preview, and it’s time to eat some tasty Gator tail.
- A new Dive Cuts is upon us! It’s Sam! And he’s got a special guest, my new favorite follow, The Athletic’s Law Murray, who covers our new favorite NBA team, the Clippers. Fun and interesting listen.
Recently at Rock M
- FOOTBALL STUFF: Parker’s Déjà vu on defense: Missouri’s ‘23 unit could live up to the standard of ‘13 and ‘14 | Jaden’s Which quarterbacks are a threat to Mizzou’s defense?
- HOOPS STUFF: Sam’s Pourover: Kobe Brown and the fit with the Los Angeles Clippers
- NON-REV STUFF: Matthew’s Mizzou Wrestling: Past and Present With Craig Martin
- EXERCISE YOUR MIZZOU CIVIC DUTY (POLLS CLOSE 7/4, 7PM): Best Performance in a Supporting Role | I’m Him / I’m Her (Best Performance) | Newcomer of the Year
- PowerMizzou: Weekend FB visit wrap-ups: 3-star ATH Cam Dooley | FL DE Elias Williams | 3-star Jude James (Sean Williams)
- Listen to the new episode of The Unwritten Rule (formerly KCOU’s Unwritten Rule, but now that all the chatters have graduated and gone their separate ways, they needed a new non-school sponsored platform), where the guys discuss Football’s recruiting weekend and the NBA Draft.
- The Fourth of July could be QUITE the holiday for Mizzou Football if things pan out...
Several other targets including James Madison II, Cam Dooley and Jonathan Agumadu are committing on the 4th as well. Could be a big Independence Day for #Mizzou.— Wendell Shepherd (@wendellsjr_) June 28, 2023
- Brady Cook wrapped up a fun time at Manning Passing Academy. Have a good season, please.
- PowerMizzou: What NBA draft analysts thought of where Brown, Hodge went (Drew King)
- Columbia Tribune: Takeaways are Missouri basketball’s 2024 SEC opponents was released Monday (Matt Stahl)
Side Note: Best wishes to Matt, whose last day at the Trib is June 30. He’ll be sticking with SEC coverage he says, but the whereabouts are [redacted] at this point. I always enjoyed hanging out with him in the pressbox; he’s truly hilarious and has great stories.
- This is heartwarming. Noah and Dennis, out fishin’
- Matt Watkins, big John Tonje guy
A recurring theme in Mizzou transfer tapes: Big time shot making.— Order On The Court ⚖️ (@DataMizzou) June 26, 2023
A year ago, John Tonje posted a 1.269 PPP (97th %) in late clock situations. On his career, he's produced 1.085 PPP (90th %).pic.twitter.com/JvnPER2ENk
- Get to know Women’s Hoops newbie Grace Slaughter and see the team at work!
- Mizzou History Time:
Today we celebrate @MizzouHoops Jason Sutherland! He went undefeated against Kansas and was a member of the 1993-94 team that went undefeated in Big 8 play. Sutherland finished his career with 1,194 points and shoot a career 41% from the 3 point line! #MIZ #TigerTuesday pic.twitter.com/j4eyJ2Ejn2— Dennis Gates (@coachdgates) June 27, 2023
Other Mizzou Sports & News, Etc.
- Mizzou Prancellor Mun Choi named to SEC Executive Committee (Joel Boenitz, Missourian)
- Mizzou Wrestling’s Keegan O’Toole selected to U23 U.S. World Team (Boenitz, Missourian)
- Congrats to the five Mizzou student-athletes who visited league offices in Birmingham over the weekend as part of the SEC Leadership Council. They are: Hayley Frank, Nick Honor, Peyton Mocco (wrestling), Romary Cardenas Rifka (tennis), and Darius Robinson. (More info at MUTigers.com)
- Congrats to incoming freshmen Madison Walker (KS) and Stefania Abruscato (NY), who were both named 2022-23 Gatorade Softball Players of the Year. (More info at MUTigers.com)
Mizzou in the Pros & Former Mizzou Stuff
- Steve Bieser hired as baseball head coach at Jacksonville State (Jeff City News Tribune)
- Hmmmmm..... I’d love to see it.
Missouri vs Kansas in TBT⁉️— TBT (@thetournament) June 27, 2023
If @MassStreetTBT & @ShowMeSquadTBT both win their first round games, they’d play in round two of TBT!
That means we’d get a Border War (@KUHoops vs @MizzouHoops) in Wichita
Mizzou fans look away but here’s Thomas Robinson’s heroics from 2012 pic.twitter.com/tZYYobp6Ac
- Chaumont out there doing Chaumont things in the pros
- The Athletic: NBA draft grades and analysis (Sam Vecenie & John Hollinger)… more on the site. Here’s a snippet.
There’s so much more to his game ... He’s an incredible processor of the game who makes quick decisions, and the shooting-mechanic adjustments he’s made over the last year have clearly worked wonders in terms of turning him into a real potential shooter in the NBA. He’s a smart defender who was active and valuable on that end in the SEC.
And there is a real case for long-term upside if he can add a bit of quickness over the next few years. To me, it all comes down to the shooting. If Brown proves he can be a consistent shooter from distance, he might play in the NBA for the next eight to 10 years as a valuable rotation player. Every NBA team is looking for bigger guys with length who can dribble, pass and shoot. Brown can do that. There’s a world where you can see him playing both as a wing four man and a small-ball five given his strength. He is a valuable rotation player as long as he shoots.
- Love to see it.
- Interesting story on how the Clippers should proceed after acquiring Kobe Brown (Enzo Flojo, ClutchPoints)
- From new “Friend of the Pod” Law Murray, regarding Terance Mann’s comments about Kobe, as they both played for HCDG and CY:
Mann on Brown: "I know he's a dog… I know exactly his mentality, because I know the type of program he's coming from."— Law Murray (@LawMurrayTheNU) June 27, 2023
- Get well soon, Hayden! That really sucks.
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