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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 2, 2020
Student athletes competing in track and field.
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Transgender women and girls would be barred from competing in female-only high school and college sports under a bill announced last week in the Ohio House.

Feds Say Man Threatened Ohio State During Michigan Game

Jan 2, 2020
Ohio State running back Demario McCall, left, is tackled by Michigan defenders Tyree Kinnel, center, and Devin Bush on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, in Columbus.
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Authorities are looking for a man accused of threatening to shoot up Ohio State University and hurt players on the football team in 2018.

Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson makes a 3-point basket  in the NCAA Tournament Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Tulsa, Okla.
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The Ohio State men’s basketball team starts a new season Wednesday when they tip off against the University of Cincinnati, and for the first time in five years, the Buckeyes enter the season ranked in the top 25.

In a surprise move, the NCAA says it intends to allow college athletes to earn compensation — but it says it's only starting to work out the details of how that would take place. The organization's board of governors said Tuesday that it had voted unanimously to permit student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.

California recently passed a law that will allow college athletes to be compensated through endorsement deals beginning in 2023. Some state lawmakers want to pass a similar bill in Ohio. 

Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith answers questions during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith wants federal help to guarantee a level playing field following passage of a California law letting college athletes in the state sign endorsement deals and hire agents.

Updated at 12:17 p.m. ET

In a move that puts California on a collision course with the NCAA, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill effectively allowing college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their likeness, sign endorsement deals and hire agents to represent them.

The governor signed the measure in a segment released Monday by Uninterrupted, a sports programming company co-founded by LeBron James.

The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio State University President Michael Drake continues his opposition to allowing college athletes be paid for the use of their likeness.

A full crowd at Ohio Stadium.
The Ohio State University

The crowd was deafening inside Ohio Stadium for the kickoff of last year’s game against Michigan. But lately, it’s perhaps a little less deafening than before.

The Cavs are getting lots of praise for hiring the University of Michigan’s John Beilein as their new head coach. The 66-year-old has spent the last 12 years with Michigan, leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Final Four twice.

The Final Four is this weekend, and a lot of people will be watching the court. But off the court, there's a scramble underway that could dramatically change how teams look next season. Last fall, the NCAA launched the Transfer Portal, a website that’s a one-stop shop for athletes who want to play for a new team, and for the coaches who want to recruit them. 

Urban Meyer Stepping Down

Jan 1, 2019
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer
Michael Conroy / Associated Press

After a seven-year run as the head football coach at Ohio State, Urban Meyer will be stepping down after the team’s final game on January 1st.

Meyer cited health issues and his suspension earlier this year as reasons for his transition out of coaching.

Today on All Sides, Meyer’s decision and the legacy he leaves behind at OSU.

In 2009, the former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon took on the NCAA in a lawsuit that challenged the organization's ability to profit from the likenesses of college athletes in a video game. But as the case heated up, its stakes and scope began to sprawl, opening a can of worms that threatened to upend one of the bedrock principles of college sports: amateurism.

The University of South Carolina celebrates winning the 2017 NCAA Womens' Basketball Tournament.
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Columbus will host 12 college championship events over the next five years, NCAA announced last week, including basketball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, rifle and volleyball. While the city has shown increasing interest as a sports location in the past few years, including for the women's basketball Final Four, it may be a harder sell for the industry's biggest events.

Indiana University will no longer allow prospective student athletes with a history of sexual or domestic violence to compete.

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