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NCAA Gives Immunity to Recruits That Said No to Ole Miss

Ole Miss has been under investigation stemming back to before Laremy Tunsil's social media account was hacked, releasing the infamous video of him using a marijuana gas mask-style pipe. Ole Miss already had some recent setbacks due to the NCAA. During the 2015 season, Tunsil sat out for seven games because he accepted prohibited benefits. Another player, Robert Nkemdiche, was suspended from the Sugar Bowl after being charged with possession of marijuana.

Now, according to sources for Yahoo! Sports, the NCAA is investigating Ole Miss's recruiting tactics. The investigation into the Ole Miss football program has expanded beyond the allegations that surfaced surrounding Tunsil. Ole Miss is no stranger to controversy and bad press, and student athletes at rival schools have now been interviewed about the Rebels' recruiting tactics.

A college athlete gets in trouble with the law and lawyers up pretty quickly. Then the questions start. How did he find an attorney so fast? Who's paying for the lawyer? And why does he need a lawyer if he's innocent. (This last one can be dispelled quickly -- anyone charged with a crime should hire a lawyer.)

But the first two are far more interesting, especially following news that the University of Tennessee will pay eight women $2.48 million dollars to settle sexual assault claims against student-athletes, and will also stop giving out a list of local lawyers to athletes.

Jack Montague, who was captain of Yale's basketball team before being expelling for having non-consensual sex with another student, is now suing the school, alleging that he was unfairly targeted for punishment and would not have been prosecuted had he not been a man. It's a reversal of most Title IX lawsuits following campus sexual misconduct cases, this time with the accused claiming the school did not properly protect his rights.

Montague's lawsuit isn't the first of its kind, but does it have a chance of winning?

Steve Sarkisian was fired as USC head football coach on October 12. His termination came about two months after he appeared drunk at a football alumni banquet, one day after he apparently showed up drunk to a practice and was placed on administrative leave, and while he was on his way to a rehab center. Sarkisian admitted he has a problem with alcohol and allegedly told his boss, USC Director of Athletics Pat Haden.

Now Sarkisian is suing the school for wrongful termination and a host of other claims relating to his dismissal. He's seeking upwards of $30 million in damages.

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for sexually abusing numerous boys over a 15-year span. That span included his time as a Penn State coach, which entitled Sandusky to a hefty pension after his retirement.

The State Employees Retirement System tried to cancel those pension payments following Sandusky's conviction, but a Pennsylvania court has reinstated his pension. Sandusky, who is serving essentially a life term on 45 counts of child molestation, will again receive $4,900 a month in retirement benefits from the state.

Around 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, University of Missouri football players went on strike, joining a larger student protest against University President Tom Wolfe's inaction regarding several racist incidents on campus. Less than two days later, Wolfe had resigned and the team will be back at practice this afternoon.

It was an astonishing display of influence and risk, given that college athletes lack the protections of unionized employees and most athletic scholarships are not guaranteed. And it could portend of larger protests down the road.

The National Labor Relations Board ruled this week that football players for Northwestern University do not have the right to unionize. The players, arguing that they were employees of the university, were campaigning for guaranteed scholarships, improved medical protections for players, and a fund that would allow players to continue to pursue their educations after their athletic eligibility expired.

This ruling overturns a previous decision from an NLRB regional office in Chicago which had originally granted the players, under the banner of the College Athletes Players Association, the right to form a union. Although this appears to be the end of the fight for Northwestern players specifically, the decision doesn't foreclose the issue of college athletes organizing a union.

Judge Rejects NCAA's Class-Action Concussion Settlement

The NCAA's class-action concussion settlement was rejected last week, with a federal judge questioning if the settlement amounts were sufficient.

The NCAA had offered to settle allegations that its policies had led to concussion-related injuries by offering about $70 million to create a medical monitoring program for NCAA athletes as well as $5 million for concussion research. The New York Times reports that federal Judge John Z. Lee questioned whether these numbers were adequate to "cover medical screening for all athletes."

What can the NCAA do now that the settlement has been rejected?

Univ. of Tulsa Faces Title IX Lawsuit Over Athlete Rape Allegations

The University of Tulsa has been slapped with a Title IX suit in federal court based on one student's allegations that she was raped by a prominent college basketball player at the school.

Abigail Ross claims in her suit that basketball player Patrick Swilling Jr. sexually assaulted her in January. Ross asserts that the university, colloquially referred to as TU, "undertook zero investigation" of Swilling or his conduct, despite as many as three prior sexual assault reports from other TU students, reports ESPN.

How does this alleged treatment relate to Title IX?

Federal Judge Clears Way for NCAA Athlete Licensing Pay

A Federal judge ruled on Friday that the NCAA can no longer prevent college football and basketball players from sharing in proceeds generated by use of their likenesses.

The ruling by U.S. District Court judge Claudia Wilken found that NCAA rules prohibiting athletes from being paid for use of their names, images, and likenesses violate federal antitrust laws, reports CBS Sports. The judge issued an injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing its current rules, but he did not grant proposals by the plaintiffs -- former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and 19 other former NCAA athletes -- to allow athletes to enter into paid endorsement deals or individual licensing agreements.

What led to O'Bannon's five-year legal battle against the NCAA, and what does the ruling mean for current and future NCAA athletes?