Happy Monday, ‘Nova Nation! Mike DeCourcey went IN on the NCAA for their latest rule change, which will reward revenue shares from their media contracts based on academic performance. I'll let Mike explain in more detail, but while this probably has some honest intent behind it, it's really just encouraging schools - especially schools outside of the Power 5 structure - to manipulate their athlete's grades.
And now, the "news."
New NCAA rule basically will pay schools for committing academic fraud | Sporting News
So now, it literally pays to cheat in NCAA athletics.
Ferrante preparing for smooth transition at 'Nova | Philly.com
Sometimes, it's the little stuff that becomes different. Welcome to Mark Ferrante's evolving world. He's been a part of the Villanova football program for going on three decades. His role is about to change, dramatically. After this season he'll be succeeding Andy Talley, his coach at St. Lawrence (Canton, N.Y.), where he was the Division III Player of the Year in 1982. First they both have to make it through Talley's final everything.
Virginia basketball has new faces but expects the same success | SBNation.com
The Cavaliers are the No. 7 team in our preseason countdown - learn a bit more about Villanova's toughest OOC opponent.
ESPN Loses 621,000 Subscribers; Worst Month in Company History | FOX Sports
Things got a ton worse for ESPN this month, but the problem is more more systemic than FOX wants to believe (i.e. cord cutters don't want to pay $200/month for calbe TV.)
VIDEO: Missouri’s Kim Anderson emerges from casket at team’s public scrimmage | CollegeBasketballTalk
Missouri head coach Kim Anderson showed a unique sense of humor during the team's scrimmage.