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NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules (Yahoo Sports)
The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough. The deal, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, calls for the NCAA to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. ''It's changed college sports forever.'' Others strongly disagreed. One plaintiffs' attorney not involved in the negotiations called it a ''terrible deal'' that lets the NCAA off the hook far too easily.
Big 12 commish's dire warning about pending change (Yahoo Sports)
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had a dire warning Monday for anyone who likes intercollegiate athletics the way they are now. ''There's a lot of change coming.'' During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the ''strange environment'' that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools.
Vols' Lopez to miss 2014-15 season with torn ACL (Yahoo Sports)
Tennessee guard Brandon Lopez has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament that will prevent him from playing in the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-1 walk-on from Knoxville, Tennessee, had appeared in 31 games over the past three seasons. Lopez was the lone pure point guard on Tennessee's roster.
NCAA enforcement director defends investigators (Yahoo Sports)
Jonathan Duncan understands that a perfect NCAA enforcement division won't catch every cheater in college sports. Two days after Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby called the NCAA enforcement system overwhelmed and ''broken,'' the NCAA's top cop fired back by defending his staff's work and acknowledging the impossible mission of policing more than 1,200 schools. The people who violate the rules will be found out and we will report them back to the committee on infractions.'' Duncan took over the enforcement division on an interim basis in March 2013 when the department was embroiled in its own embarrassing scandal. An internal investigation found the NCAA improperly collected evidence against the University of Miami, which led to the ouster of Julie Roe Lach.
Kentucky basketball legend Wah Wah Jones dies (Yahoo Sports)
Wallace ''Wah Wah'' Jones, a multi-sport star who helped Kentucky win the first two of its eight national titles and is considered the school's greatest all-around athlete, has died. Jones, an All-American, was the last surviving member of the Wildcats' ''Fabulous Five'' that won the 1948 national championship and went on to claim Olympic gold that year with the U.S. team. He returned with three teammates under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp to repeat as titlists in 1949. Jones is the only Wildcat to have his jerseys retired in basketball and football.