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The NCAA files motion for dismissal in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit


The NCAA issued yet another stall tactic in the now-four year old anti-trust lawsuit that was filed by Ed O’Bannon in 2009 regarding the use of NCAA athletes’ names and likenesses in video games. USA Today reported the news late Tuesday night.

Both the NCAA and CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company, LLC), co-defendants in O’Bannon’s lawsuit, filed motions for dismissal after the two entities and their third co-defendant, Electronic Arts, asked a federal court judge if it would be possible. EA filed their motion for dismissal last week.

The filings weren’t much more than a formality once U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that motions for dismissal would be allowed, and it should be a while before we get a ruling. The case, which began in 2009, is scheduled to head to trial in June of 2014.

To bring you up to speed on what’s happening with the case, the plaintiffs — there are a number of named former and current athletes participating, but O’Bannon, a former Player of the Year for UCLA and a first round NBA draft pick, is the public face — are trying to get the case certified as a class action lawsuit. If they succeed, it would allow thousands of current and former athletes to participate, which would make the money at stake for the NCAA skyrocket.

Last month, the NCAA asked for a 15 month delay in the case.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.