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Are we two weeks away from a major change in the O’Bannon case?

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On June 20, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken discussed the possibility of the plaintiffs in the case that involves former athletes such as Ed O’Bannon adding current student-athletes to its case.

Friday, Wilken ruled that lawyers representing the plaintiffs would be allowed to amend its complaint against the NCAA, EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company to add a current student-athlete to its case according to USA Today.

The lawyers have two weeks to make the necessary adjustments, and according to lead attorney Michael Hausfeld they have some options from which to choose.

Following the hearing, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, Michael Hausfeld said: “We’ve been anticipating this for quite some time and there are a number of current athletes who have expressed a desire and an interest in joining the case.”

How much of an impact will decision have on the case? That depends on who the current student-athlete(s) may be, as it will be difficult to make a case using student-athletes who’ve had little impact (read: bench-warmers) on revenue brought in by the defendants.

Also of note is whether or not the lawyers representing the plaintiffs receive assurances from the NCAA that those current student-athletes won’t have their decision to join the case held against them. It would be a lot easier to find current student-athletes to join the case if they know that their eligibility (and scholarship) won’t be at risk should they decide to do so.

Once this step is taken, Judge Wilken will then be able to render a decision in regards to whether or not the case will receive class-action certification. Then we’ll know just how big of an impact the addition of current student-athletes will have on this.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

Jim Larranaga
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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.

Field for 2016 DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced

Steve Alford
Associated Press
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Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.

UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.

Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.