College athletes will be on their own generating income in NCAA proposal

Don’t get too worked up over the latest NCAA proposal for athletes to be able to profit from their name, image and likeness because they won’t be getting any additional money from their schools.

No, they will be on their own to figure out how to make the money. The difference is that simply puts them in the same league with every other college student.

And the NCAA won’t get anything from it.

“The NCAA is not in a position to demand anything in return,” USA Today columnist Dan Wolken told Derek Ruscin and Zach Arns (Ruscin & Zach) on ESPN Arkansas Wednesday afternoon. “They don’t have anybody on their side.”

While the common misconception is the NCAA figures out a way to make money on everything, they won’t be able to on this one simply because the schools will not be able to have a role in the athletes making money.

“The NCAA is not in a position of strength here,” Wolken said. “They hope it’s enough to satisfy lawmakers because NCAA doesn’t want states having 50 different sets of rules. That becomes problematic. The NCAA is trying to get Congress to do something (to get them off the hook).”

Here are the key points in the proposed rules that have come out in the last few days and will be voted on in January, per a source to

• Allow student-athletes to make money by modeling apparel as long as that apparel doesn’t include school logos or other “school marks.”

• Allow athletes to make money from advertisements. Athletes would be allowed to identify themselves as college athletes in advertisements, but would not be allowed to reference the school they attend or include any school marks in the advertisement.

• Prohibit athletes from marketing products that conflict with NCAA legislation, such as gambling operations or banned substances. Individual schools would also be allowed to prohibit athletes from marketing products that do not line up with the school’s values.

• Allow athletes to hire an agent to help procure marketing opportunities, so long as that agent does not seek professional sports opportunities for the client during his or her college career.

• Require athletes to disclose the details of all endorsement contracts to their athletic department. The working group would recommend further discussion about whether a third party should be involved in overseeing these disclosures in a way that prevents endorsement deals from becoming improper recruiting enticements.

The first one is the most interesting because the athletes will not be able to hold press conferences and have a soft drink sponsorship deal wearing school apparel. Or wear that apparel at any personal appearances.

In case you’re wondering it’s been that way for a long time in the NFL. That’s why you see familiar faces in commercials wearing some generic uniform.

They also will have to have the school approve any deals their representative can put together for them.

But they will have to be public.

“What they are trying to do is create a framework with name, image and likeness where a player has to disclose it to their school, those deals vetted that they fall into a similar range for that type of deal,” Wolken said Wednesday.

Oh, and these rules do not prohibit players from having donors involved in these deals, according to a source to the Associated Press.

“Trevor Lawrence could have his own passing academy,” the person told the AP, referring to the Clemson quarterback who would not be able to have any licensed Tigers logos on the T-shirts.

It will put added pressure on the players. Gone is any privilege they have of just being a kid. When you jump into the business waters it’s grown man territory and that means it’s not all sunny skies and fields of clover.

“If you’re an athlete spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to make money on Instagram you’re going to have to choose at some point,” Wolken said. “Some will thrive in that environment and some will not. It’s part of being an adult.”

The bottom line is like in any business some will succeed wildly while others, well, fall on their face. It’s just in most other businesses they aren’t already under a spotlight before they start.

It’s opening a door the NCAA has tried to keep closed for about 80 years.

“As long as the school’s not involved and doesn’t look like it’s recruiting it’s going to be allowed,” Wolken said.

In other words, the NCAA has given up and is just trying to keep some kind of authority.

How long they make it work is anybody’s guess right now.




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Skipper still ‘bitter’ over infamous tripping call against Texas A&M in 2014

In the first of a run of overtime games against Texas A&M in 2014, Arkansas offensive tackle Dan Skipper got a tripping call far behind a big play that could have given the Razorbacks momentum.

He still remembers it … pretty vividly, too.

“That’s definitely a play I’d like to have back,” he told Tye Richardson and Tommy Craft (The Morning Rush) on ESPN Arkansas Wednesday morning.

It wasn’t intentional and the ball was about 30 yards upfield at the time. Skipper more or less just wasn’t graceful.

“I actually didn’t try to trip him at all,” Skipper said. “That was the guy I had cut originally and I got his hands on the ground. As a 6-10 uncoordinated sophomore I was just trying to get up. That’s the funny part about it, I was just trying to get up.”

He hasn’t let it go, either.

“That was the one tripping call in the entire FBS that year,” Skipper said. “I’m still a little bitter and, yes, I remember the ref. I hope I don’t see him in public because I’d probably trip him.”

While he didn’t address how soft the Hogs’ offensive line has become over the last few years he gave some insight about how it gets tougher under Sam Pittman, who was Skipper’s position coach for his first three years in Fayetteville.

“His guys go out and play with a swagger,” he said. “That’s where a lot of toughness comes from in my eyes. When you go out there and can play fast you can play tough and it just kinda happens.

“It’s not forced as something difficult to do. You know what you’re doing. You expect to win and you expect to exert your physical dominance on the guy across from you.”

Earlier this week, former center Travis Swanson talked about spending a lot of time before practices with Pittman in what became known as the pre-meeting meeting.

Skipper had those, too, along with teammates saying there were all of those big guys crammed into a 10×10-foot office at times.

“Offensive linemen are funny,” he said. “The more guys you can get together the more ideas flow. You just see the field through one set of eyes. You can learn so much ball from watching safeties and defensive backs and finding tips.

“In college meetings you don’t necessarily have as much time to go over that type of stuff. Those pre-meeting meetings were a lot of that kind of stuff.”

Skipper proceeded to have six NFL stints with five different teams (he was with the Lions twice) and found out how vast and good Pittman’s former players are.

“In all my stops in the NFL I’ve played with another Pittman guy,” he said. “I’ve never been the only one in the room and I’ve made six stops on five teams. Always having a Pittman guy kinda speaks for itself. We all get along, swapping stories and having a good time.”

And he did give an indication that it’s not all fun and games.

“When it’s time to work it’s time to work,” he said. “He expects your best effort every day and if it’s not there he lets you know about it.”



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Players trickling back to Fayetteville while Pittman trying to drop weight

With things shut down around Fayetteville, Sam Pittman is starting to see some of his players trickling back into town as he is walking more, but still managing to eat because he likes to eat.

“Since I’ve been the head coach I’ve lost about 12, maybe 15 pounds,” Pittman told Tye Richardson and Tommy Craft (The Morning Rush) on ESPN Arkansas Wednesday morning. “I’ve only got about 100 to go.”

Fans see Pittman walking around the campus with his defensive coordinator Barry Odom on their daily conversations that both seem to be enjoying.

“Barry and I walk and I have such a fun time with that, people driving by, honking and I get to wave at them,” Pittman said.

Former offensive tackle Dan Skipper was on the show earlier in the morning and the guys recorded a question from him asking Pittman “how the diet is going during quarantine.”

Pittman laughed.

“He could have picked up the phone and called,” Pittman said. “I now he’ll walk his big behind in the office soon and I’ll get him back. I told the guys the other day I’ve ate so much salad if those scales don’t turn around a little bit as I’m eating salad I’m going to Popeyes or somewhere and eat me one of those sandwiches. See if that changes my diet plan up a little bit.”

Pittman said it’s not a stress-eating thing, either.

“I’m pretty much an eater eater for a long time,” he said. “I’m a head coach now. I’ve got to eat a little better … I may be on TV a little more or something like that. I’m working at it. Last time I checked I didn’t see ol’ Danny in GQ magazine, either, so we’re about even.”

Pittman knows some of the players are starting to filter back into Fayetteville.

“Early about 90, 95 percent of the team was gone,” he said. “Our sports medicine guy Dave was telling me 35 percent — well, that may be high — 30 percent of the team is starting to trickle back.”

While you can count on Pittman bringing toughness back to a program that has gone downhill in that area the last few years, he’s not worrying about the break being that big of a problem.

“They are in constant contact which translates into accountability,” Pittman said. “We send out three different workouts. One is with weights, one is with bands and one is with body. We’ve got a plan to fit everybody’s needs.”

There are more players that will be coming back to Fayetteville over the next couple of months. Some are bored being back at home and others are just itching to get out.

Quarterback Feleipe Franks has managed to get some throwing and catching in with teammates.

Maybe the biggest part of what Pittman is looking to restore is the physicality that sort of dwindled away, particularly in the trenches.

“You can’t play the game if you don’t like being physical,” Pittman said. “It has to feel good to you. The only way I know how to do it is practice it. When you knock the heck out of somebody and it feels incredibly awesome, you get that feeling and you want to do it again.

“We have to get our team to be the same way.”

That’s what many Razorback fans are wanting to see.


Elite 8 voting continues in Houston Nutt Region of greatest Razorback game

Elite 8 voting continues today in the Greatest Razorback Football Game of all-time bracket! Now your votes count more than ever, because these Elite 8 match-ups are tough, and feature some of the greatest games in Arkansas football history. But which one is the greatest? Voting in the Houston Nutt is now open! Make sure to submit your votes below!

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Mallett enjoying outdoors, looking forward to coaching at Mountain Home

Coaching was something Ryan Mallett has been interested in and when Mountain Home had an opening it was the perfect fit for the former Arkansas quarterback who is building a house near there.

“It’s kinda in my blood … it runs in my family,” Mallett told Tye Richardson and Tommy Craft (The Morning Rush) on ESPN Arkansas Tuesday morning. “I get to be around the game I love. As far as being over here since me and my fiancee are building a house over here anyway a job came open and the coach that got hired I had a few connections to him so I called him and said I’d get certified and whatever I had to do.

“He said he’d love to have me so we got everything done.”

Mallett was a sociology major mainly because his options were limited after transferring from Michigan in 2008.

“Only three of my 32 credits transferred so that was the only major I could even do to be eligible the year after I sat out,” Mallett said. “It was just what I had to do.”

It will be Mallett’s first coaching gig so he doesn’t really have a coaching style yet but everybody will know he’s around the Bombers.

“I yell a lot,” he said. “A lot of it is encouragement, but I’m loud. I’m just going to do whatever the head coach asks me to do. That’s what I’m here for.”

Mallett was animated quite a bit in his two seasons at Arkansas but moreso in 2009 because he felt he had to be that way.

“That first year I was just like let’s go, let’s get go and I think they saw that the last year so I didn’t have to be like that as much,” Mallett said. “I didn’t have to be rah-rah, I could calm down, handle my business and everybody else could be calm. It really helped me to sit down and look at that stuff with the coaches.”

It paid off that second year with the Razorbacks losing only to Alabama and Auburn in the regular season before a Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State.

Mallett threw costly interceptions late against the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes that killed any comeback attempts.

He was asked about those.

“Which one?” he said laughing. “The Alabama game was more of a fluke. I was trying to throw the ball out of bounds and just didn’t get enough on it. Against Ohio State I was doing what I was supposed to against the blitz and they dropped a defensive tackle out that they hadn’t done all year so that was a scheme thing. But I’d take the Alabama one back.”

The one against Alabama, though, is one he’d like to have back.

“If we’d won that game we wouldn’t have been in the Sugar Bowl, we’d been playing for the national championship,” Mallett said, although he’s forgetting the loss to Cam Newton and Auburn that would have still been a major hill to get over.