🏀 Outside the ACC Offseason 2024

An interesting summer with all the conference realignment.

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I guess nothing is happening outside the ACC :joy:

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Jamal retained at ODU:
https://x.com/goodmanhoops/status/1780597126742868351?s=46&t=Y9ZJTUudJiFOC0Ajwlmckw

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I mean duh:

https://x.com/mattnorlander/status/1781049922910880117?s=46&t=wAzMZR-0PRGT1LpN6U5x0g

But it was amusing to see a certain portion of the UK fanbase try to talk themselves into him staying.

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He was a solid contributor, but he was never gonna be a star at Kentucky.

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Said it before…Wisconsin is basically UVA without the charismatic coach. We’ve been kind of fortunate not to be hit harder.

https://twitter.com/Evan_Flood/status/1781095737796739568

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Yeah, the fact that we’re able to debate building around our young core, is pretty amazing in today’s climate.

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Not sure if I love or hate these intra-rivalry transfers:
https://x.com/goodmanhoops/status/1782415523650666504?s=46&t=Y9ZJTUudJiFOC0Ajwlmckw

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I feel like Ohio State-Michigan is only a football rivalry. As in so special other sports can’t be part of it. When I saw that, it didn’t even occur to me as scandalous.

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This is one of several “skipping the NIT to get started on portal season” teams, right?

https://x.com/rumblesbn/status/1782532269896245584?s=46&t=wAzMZR-0PRGT1LpN6U5x0g

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Is this a first of its kind? He’s seeking a medical redshirt for the 2020-21 covid year season, which of course didn’t count against eligibility. So he’s played 5 seasons and is asking for a 6th because he didn’t actually get to play the full free one, or something.

https://twitter.com/JamesCrepea/status/1782919381569425822

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It’s only a matter of time until someone sues for unlimited eligibility, if a school is willing to keep a guy enrolled on whatever masters and PhD degree paths they can invent, there’s no reason they can’t play ball while there. And of course it just takes one sympathetic judge.

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So he’s already played his full 4 non-covid years… but he thinks he should get 5 non-covid years. Because he didn’t get to play the non-counting covid year because he was injured that year. Is that right? If so, that’s insane.

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Marcus Domask from Illinois is also trying to get a waiver for ‘20-‘21.

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That’s when I give up on college sports. I already watch way more NFL than CFB, and was probably close with NBA and CBB this year.

I keep telling people, Kurt Vonnegut’s debut novel “Player Piano” saw all this coming and it was written in 1954. People mostly talk about it presaging social unrest caused by automation stealing blue collar jobs resulting in mass underemployment but the serious professionalization of colleges sports was another subplot. Iirc, there’s a 35 year old offensive lineman who plays for Pitt as college sports are just a lower professional grade football on the NFL.

The scenario occurred to me, that I now fear is just as likely to happen as the rest of these hypotheticals, as a failed pro suing to become NCAA-eligible again. In our case, think of a Justin Anderson or Kyle Guy, someone who left after 3 years, after their NBA dream ends deciding to come back to UVA and finish their degree. And since they didn’t play all four years, hypothetically why should they be barred from playing while they finish college? The NCAA already makes an exception for an LDS mission, and another for military service, and even Chris Weinke could play pro baseball before becoming a college football player… who’s to say a judge wouldn’t decide those are all ultimately arbitrary and a player should be able to play college sports after taking a shot in the pros as well?

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I think you can argue that any kind of restrictions could be illegal. Why limit to four years? Why limit the number of scholarships?

It’s not even a question of what would be good or bad for college sports. It’s a question of law. You can’t do something if it’s illegal. I’m no lawyer (if I wanted to go to law school, I probably should have attended my undergrad classes more often – or at all), but the court rulings up to this point would indicate that the law is not on the NCAA’s side.

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Taking it a step further, why is college basketball restricted to humans? We could be recruiting Air Bud in a few years.

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“Ain’t no rule says a dog can’t play basketball.”

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