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Porter Moser, Loyola Ramblers have no intention of slowing down

Porter Moser, Loyola Ramblers have no intention of slowing down

The best story in college basketball has no intention of slowing down.

The Loyola Ramblers returned home to a well-deserved hero's welcome on Sunday, with thousands cheering the team on at a pep rally on campus.

The Ramblers are back in Chicago as they prepare for the Final Four in San Antonio next week.

After a pair of last-second victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Porter Moser's squad continued to look calm and poised in both a Sweet 16 victory over Nevada and an Elite 8 win against Kansas State. Despite being the only mid-major to reach the Elite 8, there was no David vs. Goliath feel in the way they dominated in both wins.

"The guys believe, and they haven't been overwhelmed by the moment," Moser told reporters. "They've actually risen to the moment, which is a statement to their character. This enthusiasm, this is fun. This has invigorated our guys and it invigorates a city, a university. Enthusiasm and energy are powerful things."

School spirit was on full display at the pep rally, and Donte Ingram told the crowd how much it meant to the team to have it.

"We're so fortunate to be in this position," he said. "We're just embracing this moment. We're happy to make Chicago proud. Without you we wouldn't be here."

Moser also told the crowd that this feeling wasn't going to be a flash in the pan for the Ramblers.

"We're never going back," he told the crowd to the loudest cheers of the afternoon. "This is what it's always going to be. You can see what spirit does to a university. This is what's right about college basketball."

NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

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NCAA is taking steps to allow student-athletes to make money off their likeness

Bulls rookie guard Coby White has talent, an infectious smile and an afro that makes him stand out on the court. It’s a fair bet he could have made some money off his likeness while he played at North Carolina if the rules allowed it.

The NCAA is taking steps towards allowing its athletes to do so, but there’s still a long way to go in the process. The organization’s Board of Governors unanimously voted to start the process. That vote moves things to the NCAA’s three divisions “to consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies,” as it was worded in the NCAA's press release.

“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, the chair of the board and president of Ohio State. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”

The board asked each division (Division I, Division II, Division III) to make any new rules immediately and no later than January 2021.

It’s important to note that none of the changes are final, or even imminent. It’s still relevant that the NCAA is going through the process at all, after being so strongly in favor of amateurism across the board for its student-athletes.

The potential changes would not allow for compensation based on performance or participation in a sport. Of course, the natural grey area is that higher performing athletes will be more marketable so they would be compensated on performance indirectly.

This comes after California passed legislation to allow college athletes to receive endorsement/sponsorship money and other states are pursuing similar.

This is still far from being official or finalized, but it will continue to be a major story in college sports over the next couple years.

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17.