The NCAA has made multiple attempts to delay the start of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, with the most recent request being to have the trial delayed until February 2015. A ruling in the NCAA’s favor would allow that suit to run at the same time as the lawsuit filed by Sam Keller regarding the use of player likenesses in video games, giving the NCAA more time to strengthen its arguments in the O’Bannon suit.
However Friday afternoon it was reported by Steve Berkowitz of USA Today that Judge Claudia Wilken denied the NCAA’s remaining motions, meaning that the O’Bannon lawsuit will begin as scheduled on June 9. Also of note from the report is the fact that Wilken formally separated the O’Bannon and Keller lawsuits, setting a March 2015 start date for the latter.
And there was also a development regarding the plaintiffs’ usage of evidence related to video games:
In another part of her ruling — one that is key to the shape and direction of the O’Bannon trial — Wilken refused the NCAA’s request that she sever all evidence and claims related to video games from the case. That likely will enable the O’Bannon plaintiffs to make arguments, cite documents and ask witnesses about the NCAAs’ dealings with video game manufacturer Electronic Arts and Collegiate Licensing Co., the nation’s leading collegiate trademark licensing and marketing firm.
While these developments aren’t good for the NCAA, the lone defendant in the O’Bannon lawsuit, representatives stated that in spite of Friday’s rulings they’ll be ready for the start of the trial on June 9.
Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.