Good morning. Happy Monday, and happy June. Back to the 5-day grind this week. To the news:
(Outgoing University of Florida president) Machen explained on Friday why the five power conferences need more autonomy, why he's worried they won't get it and why things could get very messy if they don't. Then, minutes later, SEC commissioner Mike Slive fired a shot across the bow of the less wealthy schools by raising the specter of an NCAA "Division IV" made up exclusively of schools from the five wealthiest leagues.
In more NCAA-gettin'-hit-up news:
As the Associated Press wrote Saturday, "[a] $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded video games." The settlement, however, does not include the NCAA and only involves video game maker Electronic Arts as well as Collegiate Licensing Company.
More on the potential Next Rettig at BC -
Hayden Rettig confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune this weekend that he has decided to transfer out of the LSU football program. It's at this point in the program where we usually mention that the Bayou Bengals have yet to publicly address Rettig's status with the team moving forward.
BREAKING NEWS: The Giants have a lot of Eagles
Boston College guys on the roster include Mathias Kiwanuka, Chris Snee, Mark Herzlich and Andre Williams. LSU guys include Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Trindon Holliday and Kendrick Adams. I don't think it is done on purpose, but it can't be a coincidence that Tom Coughlin played at Syracuse and coached at Boston College.
Talkin' Alejandro Bedoya:
Starter or squad player at World Cup? Before the warm up games began, many would have thought Bedoya would be a squad player that would be one of the first names off the bench. However, Bedoya started against Azerbaijan in the recent tune up and showed some nifty runs and footwork both on the left and right flanks. His versatility could be key and the fact that he's a two-way player who doesn't mind tracking back means he could be a valuable asset in the starting XI.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya persisted through troubled times on the club level and a prolonged national team absence before booking his ticket to Brazil.
In the NHL: if you're rooting for an Eagle to win the Stanley Cup this year, you'll have to root for the Rangers. Despite leading or being tied for the entirety of regulation, the Chicago Blackhawks lost to the LA Kings in a classic game 7, to wrap up a truly incredible series.
*stick tap* to any Kings fans out there in the BCI readership. Are there any of you out there? Enjoy the Finals - it should be a fun series for us neutrals.