Saturday, February 17, 2018
Colleges

NCAA president defends NCAA model at trial

OAKLAND, Calif. — NCAA president Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play schools that pay.

Emmert said college athletes wouldn't want to play against athletes who were getting paid.

"They want to know the other teams consist of student-athletes just like them," he said.

Emmert took the witness stand Thursday in a landmark antitrust trial against the NCAA to say college sports would be fatally flawed if players were allowed to receive a portion of the billions of dollars in basketball and football TV revenues flowing into big conferences and colleges.

Emmert said a big reason fans like college sports is they believe the athletes are students who play for love of the sport and for their school and community. He said fans understand college players aren't as good as professionals but that doesn't stop some programs from being more popular than pro teams.

"To convert college sports into professional sports would be tantamount to converting it into minor-league sports," Emmert said. "And we know that in the U.S., minor-league sports aren't very successful, either for fan support or for the fan experience."

Emmert's testimony was much anticipated as the NCAA tries to convince U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken its system of so-called amateurism is not anticompetitive and is the best model for regulating college sports.

Watching closely from the plaintiff's table was former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, who along with 19 other former players is seeking an injunction that would allow players to band together and sell the rights to their names, images and likenesses in broadcasts and video games.

College World Series: Will Allen drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, Mississippi relievers held TCU without a hit after Kevin Cron's homer in the fifth, and the Rebels knocked out TCU (48-18) with a 6-4 win in Omaha, Neb. Mississippi (48-20) advanced to the final four and plays Virginia tonight. Vanderbilt faces Texas this afternoon.

Ex-USF QB transfers: Former USF quarterback Matt Floyd is transferring to South Alabama and will have two years of eligibility left. Because he has graduated from USF, he can play right away. Floyd, a fourth-year junior last year, started the season opener, a 53-21 loss to McNeese State, but never played again.

USF kickoff times: Two of USF's first four home football games, Sept. 6 against Maryland and Sept. 13 against N.C. State, will start at 3:30 p.m. Both will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network. The Aug. 30 season opener against Western Carolina will start at 7, and the Sept. 19 home contest against UConn at 8.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

Comments
Center Molly Franson’s value to UT is easily quantifiable

Center Molly Franson’s value to UT is easily quantifiable

TAMPA — Coaches often point to "intangibles" — the subtle positive qualities that usually don’t show up in the boxscore — when praising their key players.But University of Tampa women’s basketball coach Tom Jessee has a different definition when desc...
Published: 02/13/18
FSU holds off rally in hard-fought win over Louisville

FSU holds off rally in hard-fought win over Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Terance Mann couldn’t mope over two missed free throws that could have sealed Florida State’s victory. There was still work to do on the other end to make sure Louisville didn’t take advantage. The junior guard quickly redeemed hims...
Published: 02/03/18
No. 23 Florida clobbered at home by Alabama

No. 23 Florida clobbered at home by Alabama

GAINESVILLE — Mike White hung his head.Florida’s coach scuffed his shoes against the hardwood, screamed into his hands and watched as his team let Saturday’s game slip away.With Alabama on a seven-point run 11 minutes into the second half, the Gators...
Published: 02/03/18

USF Bulls fall to Memphis

TAMPA — From its two-point home loss against UCF to its victory at Tulane, USF recently had provided its fan base encouragement in spurts. Similarly, its interior defense against Memphis on Wednesday night also came and went.With 6-foot-3 Tigers guar...
Updated one month ago
Florida’s shooting goes cold in road loss to Georgia

Florida’s shooting goes cold in road loss to Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — The repeated misses were bad for No. 23 Florida. The failure to rebound them made the offensive struggles even more painful. Yante Maten scored 20 and Georgia recovered after blowing a halftime lead to beat the Gators 72-60 on Tuesday n...
Updated one month ago

Florida State beats Miami in OT despite 17 Hurricanes 3-pointers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Miami’s Jim Larranaga both have at least 33 years of college basketball coaching experience under their belts.Both might have experienced a first during their matchup Saturday.FSU and Miami needed a ...
Updated one month ago
Chris Chiozza scores 20 as No. 20 Florida routs Baylor

Chris Chiozza scores 20 as No. 20 Florida routs Baylor

GAINESVILLE — Florida point guard Chris Chiozza was feeling it, so he went with the flow.A pass-first point guard by nature, Chiozza decided to stay aggressive as a scorer and see what happened.The Gators were glad he did.Chiozza finished the 20th-ra...
Updated one month ago
Pro Bowl to honor UCF for undefeated season

Pro Bowl to honor UCF for undefeated season

ORLANDO — The NFL plans to recognize UCF’s 13-0 season during today’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.Players have been invited to walk out on the field for a celebration after the first quarter."When we thought about UCF and the amazing season the...
Updated one month ago
Michigan State athletic director retires in wake of scathing ESPN report

Michigan State athletic director retires in wake of scathing ESPN report

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement Friday, the day an explosive ESPN story detailing a number of allegations of sexual assault and violent attacks on women occurred with Spartan athletes.Hollis...
Updated one month ago
No. 20 Florida gets back in rankings, then falls at home to South Carolina

No. 20 Florida gets back in rankings, then falls at home to South Carolina

GAINESVILLE — South Carolina has two resume-boosting wins in the past eight days. The latest one might be even bigger than the first, which came against Kentucky . Wesley Myers scored a season-high 22, Chris Silva added another double double and the ...
Updated one month ago