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  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive speaks during SEC media days on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

    Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform - not that they're complaining.


  • Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive speaks during SEC media days on Monday, July 14, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

    Mike Slive: NCAA should let power conferences set own bylaws

    The SEC has discussed several changes to the current system, including full cost-of-attendance scholarships and providing long-term medical coverage to college athletes. The NCAA's board of directors will vote on the Big Five's autonomy request in August.


  • NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Mark Emmert stands firm against paying NCAA athletes beyond stipends

    Testifying in a landmark antitrust lawsuit filed against his organization, Emmert said Thursday he believes there is a clear difference between the proposal to pay athletes a few thousand more dollars a year and giving them the equivalent of a salary.


  • FILE - In this July 16, 2013, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during the SEC football media days in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    SNYDER: If lawsuits don't kill NCAA, its members might

    The NCAA that we've come to know and despise is in critical condition with a prognosis that suggests the end is near. The equivalent of flesh-eating bacteria are close to devouring the body from within. Outside, it is suffering injury from a series of blows that ultimately could be fatal.


  • FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev.  Five years after the former UCLA star filed his antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, it goes to trial Monday, June 9, 2014,  in a California courtroom.  (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

    Future of NCAA could be in balance as Ed O'Bannon lawsuit hearings begin

    The testimony came as a trial that could upend the way college sports are regulated opened, five years after the suit was filed. O'Bannon and 19 other plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken for an injunction that would allow athletes to sell the rights to their own images in television broadcasts and rebroadcasts.


  • FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames. The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, such as O'Bannon, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in videogames made by Electronic Arts featuring college teams. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

    Proposed $40 million settlement set for players

    A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded videogames.


  • FILE - In this July 16, 2013, file photo, Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive talks with reporters during the SEC football media days in Hoover, Ala. The SEC sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday, May 30, 2014: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they'll form their own division. Slive said if the Big Five conferences--which also include the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12, the Big Ten and the Pac-12--don't get the flexibility needed to create their own bylaws, the next step would be to move to "Division IV." (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    SEC ponders potential move to 'Division IV'

    The Southeastern Conference sent a strong message to the NCAA on Friday: provide the Big Five some autonomy or they'll form their own division.


  • Judge denies union link in O'Bannon trial

    Plaintiffs in the upcoming NCAA antitrust trial will not be able to introduce as evidence the recent decision that allowed Northwestern football players to vote on whether they wanted to join a union.


  • Louisville, Kentucky could meet in NCAA regional

    The motivation for Louisville and Kentucky to win Friday's openers of the NCAA regional goes beyond starting the postseason strong.


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