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MM 10.14: NCAA on brink of approving new NIL and eligibility rules

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCAA to allow 2020 spring and fall student athletes an extra season of eligibility. With much of the winter season still in question, eligibility relief may be extended to winter student-athletes as well.

While nothing has been released by the NCAA yet, there was news reported on Tuesday by Stadium’s Jeff Goodman that the speculation would turn into a reality. It is unclear how much this could mean for men’s college basketball, as the draft stock of highly-touted prospects may plummet the longer they stay in school.

The other big news lurking for college sports involved the progress of NCAA’s legislation allowing its student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness. Sports Illustrated obtained a document detailing the NCAA’s current perspective on the matter. While formal approval will not come until at least the start of 2021, clauses of the current legislation would allow student-athletes to profit off of:

  • Signing autographs
  • Coaching private lessons and camps
  • Endorsing products through commercials or other avenues

The new rules would also allow student-athletes to raise money for charity through GoFundMe and other fundraising platforms. They will not be able to be compensated at all if their school’s names and logos are marked or used.

In Other News

Former Terp and Buffalo Bills wideout Stefon Diggs picked up over one hundred receiving yards in a Bills loss in only the second Tuesday night NFL game ever.

Maryland baseball’s Adam Kolarek got his first strikeout of the postseason for the Dodgers in their NLCS game two.

Maryland basketball turned back the clock with highlights of Mike Jones, one of the best three-point shooters in Terps history.

Maryland baseball was happy to be back on the field practicing.

Maryland men’s lacrosse was also getting practice in on a beautiful fall day in College Park.

Both Maryland soccer teams were sporting their uniforms for next season along with masks.