Former NCAA Investigator Launches Advocacy Group For College Athletes
N.Y. attorney and former NCAA investigator Tim Nevius has "launched an advocacy group for college athletes," according to Ben Strauss of the WASHINGTON POST. Nevius said that the College Athlete Advocacy Initiative "plans to offer legal advice to athletes, as well as pursue campaigns to help them share in the billions of dollars generated by college sports." Initial funding was "provided by Urban Justice Center," a nonprofit legal advocacy group in N.Y. Advising the initiative are former Michigan football player Grant Newsome and former Wisconsin basketball player Nigel Hayes. Nevius was one of the "lead investigators into the Ohio State tattoo scandal." He said that the case "helped him grow disillusioned with the NCAA’s rules, by seeing whom they protected and whom they punished." After leaving the NCAA, he worked on former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston's litigation. Nevius also "helped craft proposed legislation at the state level that would expand athletes’ rights." Nevius, citing players in major conferences who are verbally abused by coaches, coerced into giving up their scholarships and prevented from transferring, said, "The calls I’ve gotten in the last year convinced me this was needed." Strauss notes the new entity will "work to abolish the letter-of-intent, which ties players to a program even if their recruiting coach changes schools" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/19).
LET THEM GET PAID BABY! ESPN's Dick Vitale said the NCAA is a "cesspool -- guys hustling kids, hustling dollars." Vitale: "Let me tell you this: We can solve that in a heartbeat. A kid like [Duke F Zion Williamson], let him be allowed to get those dollars. He can make appearances, he can endorse a product. We got a tournament going on, and everyone's making millions. Let those kids be able to benefit! It eliminates all that dirty stuff that goes on behind the scenes" (ESQUIRE.com, 3/18).