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The NCAA and its member schools have fought fair compensation for the players for years. In the wake of evolved NIL rules, senior staff writer Stephen Thompson doesn’t want to forget who held the athletes back. Pictured is NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Column | Don’t forget who kept NIL off the table for college athletes

By Stephen Thompson, Senior Staff Writer July 13, 2021
The same institutions and people that actively campaigned against the mildest of player compensation solutions — releasing name, image and likeness rights to the athletes — are now attempting to pull an ambitious 180 and jump on the bandwagon long after it has left.
The Supreme Court voted on Monday against the NCAA’s rule preventing universities from providing educational benefits past $5,000 to each player. This ruling takes another step towards college athletes being eligible to be paid for their athletic performance.

Supreme Court unanimously rules against NCAA’s cap on student-athlete educational compensation

By Dalton Coppola, Sports Editor June 22, 2021
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Monday against the NCAA and its regulations that put a $5,000 limit on education-related benefits.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse will host the 2021 NCAA mens basketball tournament games in the first and second rounds and the Sweet 16.

Editorial | The NCAA failed its female athletes

By The Pitt News Editorial Board March 22, 2021
The NCAA’s failure to provide equal amenities for men and women’s basketball teams is inexcusable.
The ACC announced earlier this season that fall sports would have a delayed start and schedules would follow the NCAA minimum number of games.

NCAA Fall sports update: Everything you need to know

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer November 19, 2020
In response to COVID-19, most fall sports will play championships in the spring. Here’s everything you need to know on the status of each fall season.
Pitt senior guard Nike Sibande transferred from Miami (Ohio) to the University of Pittsburgh this past summer.

Column┃Nike Sibande and the NCAA’s transfer problem

By Carson Zaremski, For The Pitt News November 13, 2020
The NCAA's system for obtaining immediate eligibility goes against the best interest of the student-athletes who it's meant to protect.
Kain Colter, a quarterback and receiver who completed his college football career in 2013, announced that several Northwestern football players wished to join a labor union during a press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago on Jan. 28, 2014.

Column | College athletes should take ownership of the business they sustain

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor August 30, 2020
The risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses have exacerbated the unfair power disparity that exists in college sports. From waivers meant to free individual schools of liability should a player die or suffer long-term health defects after contracting COVID-19 on campus to allegedly lying about safety precautions, college football is doing all it can to push through to a 2020 season.
Pitt Chancellor Pat Gallagher and Athletic Director Heather Lyke stand on the field before the game. (Photo by Wenhao Wu / Assistant Visual Editor)

Lyke talks football scheduling, gambling and campus returns

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor July 24, 2020
Athletic Director Heather Lyke said she is not encouraged by the way the COVID-19 pandemic mitigation is progressing. As cases continue to rise across the country — particularly in Pitt’s home of Allegheny County — she offered a pessimistic, yet not definitive answer to what she called “the million dollar question” — will college football be played in 2020?
NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

NCAA announces return of voluntary workouts, proposal for transfer rule changes

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 26, 2020
All Division I athletes will be permitted to participate in voluntary workouts beginning June 1, the NCAA Division I Council announced last Wednesday. The move ends the moratorium on such activities that began with the explosion of the coronavirus pandemic in March and was set to expire on May 31.
The NCAA Board of Governors announced support in late April for rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements.

NCAA takes first steps toward athlete compensation

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor May 12, 2020
Two weeks ago, the NCAA Board of Governors announced a surprising reversal in policy. At a  late April meeting, the board supported rule changes to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements related to their status as college athletes.
In reading Pitt’s press release, the NCAA’s public announcement and its full violation document, former Pitt men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings’ name is not mentioned.

Unpacking the silly and the serious in Pitt’s NCAA violations

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor February 21, 2020
Time to take a deep dive into some of the serious, but mostly silly, details surrounding Pitt athletics' recent "scandal."
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