Mark Emmert

NCAA will no longer sell jerseys, memorabilia associated with individual players


The NCAA Division I Board of Directors held a teleconference to discuss some of the possible changes the organization is considering for the future. There very well could be a change in which Division I is governed, with the goal being for larger schools (and conferences) to not have to deal with pushback from members who don’t play football at the FBS level when it comes to new rules.

Those discussions will continue in January, with a possible vote coming in August, so it remains to be seen what the powers that be ultimately do. But this wasn’t the portion of the NCAA teleconference that received the most attention.

The subject: the sale of jerseys and memorabilia associated with individual players in the NCAA’s official online store.

This came to the forefront earlier this week when lawyer and ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas had some fun with the shop’s search engine. Type in the name of a famous player, and up would pop various jersey and memorabilia options associated with said player. This, of course, sparked an uproar that NCAA President Mark Emmert ultimately had to acknowledge during the question/answer portion of the teleconference.

“There’s no compelling reason the NCAA should essentially be re-selling paraphernalia from institutions,” Emmert said. “I can’t speak to why we entered into that enterprise, but it’s not appropriate for us, and we’re going to exit it immediately.”

President Emmert even acknowledged the fact that critics could very well see the fact that the governing body can make money off of individual players but the players themselves can’t as being hypocritical. So now, in addition to the search option being disabled you won’t see those jerseys (or memorabilia) available in the NCAA’s official store.

How much good will this decision do? For one the NCAA doesn’t control the store itself (according to Emmert), and it doesn’t stop schools (or other merchandising sites) from selling the jerseys and memorabilia in question. So while the gesture may seem like an acknowledgement of the hypocrisy that many see in all of this, people shouldn’t see this as a landmark change either.

If anything, these last few days should be seen as a positive development for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA, EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Corporation (CLC).

Marcus Paige, Joel Berry lead No. 9 North Carolina past No. 2 Maryland

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.

For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the Preseason National Player of the Year.

On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.

Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.

Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.

In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.

As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.

(More to come from Chapel Hill…)

VIDEO: Melo Trimble drops Nate Britt with a crossover

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North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.

(H/T: The Cauldron)