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Gene Smith is on the working group that presented to the NCAA on Tuesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Gene Smith, NCAA paving way for players to get paid

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Gene Smith, NCAA paving way for players to get paid

Name, image and likeness has been discussed for a long time now, and a resolution to the ongoing debate and problem could happen soon.

The NCAA Board of Governors heard from its working group on the NIL subject matter Tuesday. After working for six months on the project, the working group presented the information. A source told ESPN that the working group, which includes Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and Ohio State President Michael Drake, recommended certain measures to be taken. From ESPN Staff Writer Dan Murphy:

According to a source, the working group intends to recommend the following “possible changes:”

  • Allow student-athletes to make money by modeling apparel as long as that apparel doesn’t include school logos or other “school marks.”

  • Allow athletes to make money from advertisements. Athletes would be allowed to identify themselves as college athletes in advertisements, but would not be allowed to reference the school they attend or include any school marks in the advertisement.

  • Prohibit athletes from marketing products that conflict with NCAA legislation, such as gambling operations or banned substances. Individual schools would also be allowed to prohibit athletes from marketing products that do not line up with the school’s values.

  • Allow athletes to hire an agent to help procure marketing opportunities, so long as that agent does not seek professional sports opportunities for the client during his or her college career.

  • Require athletes to disclose the details of all endorsement contracts to their athletic department. The working group would recommend further discussion about whether a third party should be involved in overseeing these disclosures in a way that prevents endorsement deals from becoming improper recruiting enticements.

So what does that mean for college football and Ohio State? Name, image and likeness measures will be taken soon. The effects it will have on the sport are yet to be seen.

Buckeyes still have holes to fill in 2021 class

Ohio State is putting together one of the best recruiting classes of all time in the class of 2021, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down despite the makeshift dead period caused by COVID-19. Ohio State has 17 players committed in the class of 2021, and the class is filling up quickly.

But it’s not full yet, and the Buckeyes still have major needs that need addressed on the recruiting trail in the coming months. Who is the most important recruit left on the board for the Buckeyes?

Lettermen Row recruiting head Birm has more:

But the most important remaining player in the Class of 2021 is IMG Academy 5-star offensive tackle J.C. Latham. Thayer Munford will be gone following this upcoming season, and though it’s unlikely he leaves early barring a truly breakout season, Nicholas Petit-Frere is draft eligible next year as well. After that pair, there’s just Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson as pure tackles in Columbus. The rest of the offensive linemen on the roster are combination-type linemen, and outside of Johnson, no one has the upside and potential that Latham does — and he’s only played the position for one season of high school football.

For the full story, click here.

New Tim May Podcast

Tim welcomed national recruiting analyst and one of the founders of recruiting coverage, Tom Lemming, onto the Tim May Podcast this week to break down how he got his start covering the game of college football recruiting and how the Buckeyes seem to clean up on the recruiting trail year after year.

Later, Tim is joined by Jim Burrow, the father of No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, Joe Burrow. Then Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward jumps on to break down all the records set by Ohio State in the NFL Draft over the weekend.

Tim May Podcast: National perspective on recruiting rush, Buckeyes draft records
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