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Plaintiffs in Sam Keller lawsuit support NCAA’s request to delay Ed O’Bannon lawsuit

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While the lawsuit against the NCAA led by former UCLA forward Ed O’Bannon has received most of the attention in recent years, with a start date of June 9 just over a month away, that isn’t the only suit the NCAA has to deal with. There’s also the suit being led by former Arizona State and Nebraska quarterback Sam Keller, which was separated from the O’Bannon suit a couple years ago.

With the similar arguments with regards to the use of player likenesses in video games and other advertisements, one would assume that the plaintiffs in the Keller lawsuit would be in favor of the O’Bannon suit moving on as scheduled. However that isn’t the case, with Steve Berkowitz of USA Today writing Saturday that the Keller suit plaintiffs support the NCAA’s request to have the start of the O’Bannon suit delayed.

While both suits focus on player likenesses, the Keller suit deals primarily with the players’ control over the use of their likenesses. According to the story, the Keller plaintiffs support a delay of the O’Bannon lawsuit due to their desire to protect specific claims in their own suit.

Keller’s lawyers do not want to see those claims potentially affected by verdict in the NCAA’s favor in the impending trial. If the NCAA were to gain a complete victory in the trial, including on issues related to video games, Keller’s lawyers likely would be prevented from pursuing their claims related to video games because of a legal principal that prevents relitigation of the same issue.

They said that if Wilken is not inclined to separate the video-game claims and evidence, they want her to delay a trial until the Keller and O’Bannon cases can be tried together which they will be ready to do in about six months. But they added that if Wilken agrees that issues decided in the O’Bannon trial will not have any impact on the issues that can be raised in a trial in the Keller case, then they take no position on when the O’Bannon trial begins.

With Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company also supporting a motion to have the start of the O’Bannon lawsuit delayed, one has to wonder if Judge Claudia Wilken will be convinced that a delay is the best route to take. Either way, all sides involved are looking to strengthen their respective cases in the best way possible.

And while these discussions take place, the longer we all wait to see what (if any) impact this all has on the current model of collegiate athletics.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.

South Dakota State gets two commits

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Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.

The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.

Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.

The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.

South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.