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NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

NCAA Hoops: Butler rolls past UIC; EIU falls

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011
Posted 9:54 p.m. Updated 10:49 p.m.

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Shelvin Mack scored 17 points and Butler beat Illinois-Chicago for the ninth straight time, 72-65 Monday night.Khyle Marshall added 11 points, and Zach Hahn and Ronald Nored each had 10 for the Bulldogs (16-9, 8-5 Horizon).Robo Kreps scored 22 points to reach 1,500 for his career, and Paul Carter finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds the Flames (6-19, 1-12).After 13 lead changes and five ties in the first 34 minutes, Butler pulled away with a 15-4 run to go up 59-46 with 7:42 remaining. Illinois-Chicago cut the deficit to 62-58 with 4:38 left but couldn't get any closer.The first half included nine lead changes and four ties, and the Bulldogs went into halftime ahead 34-33.
Complete Recap, Box ScoreEIU drops fifth straight to Murray StateCHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) B.J. Jenkins scored 21 points and Murray State rallied with a late 18-0 run to defeat Eastern Illinois 66-53 Monday night.Isaiah Canaan added 16 points and Isacc Miles had 11 for the Racers (18-6, 10-3 Ohio Valley), who have won six straight since losing to the Panthers on Jan. 20.Zavier Sanders scored 18 points to lead Eastern Illinois (8-15, 4-9), which has dropped five in a row since its last meeting with Murray State. Jeremy Granger had 16 points.The conference-leading Racers trailed 49-46 after Sanders' layup with 7:28 to play but then held the Panthers scoreless over the next 6:49 as they put together their decisive run.Murray State shot only 42.2 percent compared to 56.4 percent for Eastern Illinois but hit 12 3-pointers and 16 free throws while the Panthers made three 3s and six free throws.
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DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto retiring after 18 years at helm

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DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto retiring after 18 years at helm

DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto informed the university she will retire in the coming months after 18 years at the helm. 

"It truly has been our privilege and the honor of a lifetime to serve DePaul as athletic director and to witness the unprecedented growth from that  ‘little school under the el’ to its current world class University serving students from around the globe," Ponsetto said in a statement.

“The changing times over these past few months has led me to this decision. Having successfully battled two breast cancer diagnoses and currently in treatment for a third, I thought it was time to step away from the long days, working every weekend and the 24/7 demands that being an athletic director requires."

Ponsetto has been a member of DePaul's athletic department since 1974, when she was a four-sport athlete (tennis, volleyball, basketball, softball). After graduating in 1978, she became DePaul's first assistant women's basketball coach. She later spent seven years as the senior associate athletic director before taking over as AD in 2002.

Ponsetto guided DePaul into the Big East from Conference USA in 2003 and helped organize the new Big East in 2013. She oversaw the development of Wintrust Arena, now home to the basketball teams after decades of playing at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

The women's team has made 17 straight NCAA tournaments under head coach Doug Bruno. The men's team hasn't made the tournament since 2004 and has just two winning seasons since (2006-07, 2018-19). Ponsetto has hired three coaches in that span: Jerry Wainwright, Oliver Purnell and Dave Leitao — who is in his second stint as head coach.

The NCAA put DePaul's men's basketball program on probation for three years last summer due to a recruiting violation, of one two controversies to surround the athletic department in recent years. In April, a sports psychologist formerly affiliated with DePaul filed a lawsuit claiming she was terminated after raising concerns of former softball coach Eugene Lenti's abusive behavior towards players. Lenti is Lenti Ponsetto's brother.

Ponsetto will stay in her role and assist DePaul in its transition to a new AD. The university plans to conduct a national search for her replacement this summer.

NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

NCAA to allow student-athletes to make money off name, image, likeness

The NCAA still won’t be paying its players, but it will allow student-athletes to receive endorsements from third-parties.

The governmental body for college athletics has long been a strong proponent of its athletes being amateurs, but this marks a drastic change in that, even if the schools won’t be allowed to pay the athletes directly. The NCAA’s Board of Governors met this week and supported the changes with some caveats.

“While student-athletes would be permitted to identify themselves by sport and school, the use of conference and school logos, trademarks or other involvement would not be allowed,” a press release from the NCAA read. “The board emphasized that at no point should a university or college pay student-athletes for name, image and likeness activities.”

The rule changes aren’t officially in place and must be implemented by the three divisions of college athletics that fall under the NCAA. The next step is for each division to make the actual rules the board of governors supported. The goal is for that to be in place in January and to take effect for the 2021-22 school year.

“The board’s action is the latest step by the Association to support college athletes and modernize its rules regarding name, image and likeness,” the press release read.

The process for this started back in October and has remained on track for January 2021. 

Maybe the next time a player like Zion Williamson gets hurt busting his shoe open on the court, he can switch shoe companies and make some money off it?