The Omaha-Herald reports that ESPN has pushed back the start times of the College World Series as the World Cup will be going on at the same time. The weekday opening games will now begin at 3:30pm in Omaha while the night games will start at 8pm. This is an interesting development as the East Coast will see the night games start at 9pm and will not bring in high ratings.
Aaron Fitt of Baseball America is reporting that the NCAA Division 2 schools have voted by a 3/4 majority to cut the season from 56 games down to 50. This is an interesting development as it lessens the effects of increased travel for the schools and cuts down opportunities for the student athletes.
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As I reported on early Thursday morning about senior Kentucky pitcher James Paxton and his lawsuit against the University of Kentucky. Here is a brief run down of the events in this case from the court documents which are linked below. I highly recommend reading the response from Kentucky which gives a much more in depth breakdown of the events.
Kentucky senior LHP James Paxton filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the University of Kentucky. According to a New York Times article, Paxton was told in October to meet with an NCAA investigator but was instructed to not tell his parents or his lawyers about the interview. Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart told Paxton that he would not be allowed to play on the team without submitting to the interview.
Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com recently was able to acquire some nice aerial photos of New TD Ameritrade Park where the College World Series will be held starting in 2011. I was in Omaha for the 2009 CWS and thought that the new location for the CWS was much better then Rosenblatt which is located in a neighborhood with very little parking. The new stadium is right across the street from the Qwest Center which is 18,300 seat arena with plenty of parking around it.
Andrew Oliver and the NCAA have come to a settlement in their lawsuit for $750,000. Oliver had sued the NCAA for the right to have representation in his MLB contract negotiations out of high school. The NCAA became aware of him using a lawyer and suspended him at the beginning of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Oliver brought the case to court and got an injunction so he could play during the 2009 season. The case continued throughout the season including a judge saying that the NCAA violated the law by not allowing representation of the players.
If you have been following this site for over a year, then you have heard me talk about the Andrew Oliver case at least a few times. The main issue in the case is whether or not drafted players could use legal counsel to help them negotiate a contract. The NCAA has been very strict that these advisers violate the amateurism rule if they are paid like they were in the Oliver case. This is very interesting as MLB teams have lawyers helping negotiate contracts but the drafted player can’t? Don’t you think something is wrong there?
The NCAA is currently looking into cracking down on the Advisers/Agents in the MLB Draft negotiations. The reason for this comes from the Andrew Oliver case where he was deemed ineligible because he had an advisor (agent) representing him out of high school during his negotiations. MLB is also not happy with the current situation with how drafted players are receiving outrageous money from some of the large market clubs.
Myles Brand who served as the NCAA President since 2003 passed away from Pancreatic cancer on Wednesday. He was diagnosed in January and fought the disease with great effort but sadly passed away yesterday. He will be known nationally for firing legendary Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight when Brand was the President of Indiana. Knight choked one of his players during a practice which led to the firing. On the baseball side of things was a key component in keeping the NCAA baseball season at it’s current 56 game limit but currently we don’t know what the new president of the NCAA will do during their tenure.
I reported on January 6th that West Virginia head coach Greg Van Zant made a proposal for a change to the RPI. (FULL STORY) It was discussed at the ABCA convention and recently was sent off to the NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee where it will be reviewed again. Continue reading West Virginia’s Van Zant’s proposal goes to NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee