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NC State star DJ Burns Jr. drops 45 pounds to enhance NBA draft hope

One of the breakout stars of March Madness is shedding the pounds to keep his NBA Draft hopes alive. NC State center DJ Burns Jr. told The Athletic’s Shams Charania that he “lost 45 pounds in the last six and a half weeks.” Burns’ slim down comes after he averaged 12.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.9 assists as a senior during the regular season. (New York Post)

With college sports at critical juncture, private equity groups pushing for their piece

For a year now, Drew Weatherford has worked in the shadows across college athletics.He’s held clandestine meetings with reps from upward of 50 FBS programs — dozens of athletic directors, a few university presidents, even some school board members and chief financial officers. Weatherford is a former FSU quarterback-turned-private capital investor. (Yahoo! Sports)

‘A Breathtaking Lobbying Campaign’: The NCAA’s Sophisticated Effort to Save Amateurism

The NCAA and Power 5 have coordinated a sophisticated campaign in Congress over the past five years to bring back amateurism for good. They want to not only halt future reforms, but also potentially reverse the gains already made. Since 2019, the six entities have spent more than $15 million on some of the most powerful lobbying firms in Washington, D.C. (Front Office Sports)

With $2.8B settlement looming, NCAA's smaller conferences feeling squeezed

It is a strange time in college athletics. The industry, on the brink of authorizing a landmark settlement of three consolidated antitrust cases, is fighting amongst itself over how to fund the deal’s $2.8 billion in damages owed to former athletes for use of their name, image and likeness. At issue is the schools’ portion. The power conferences will pay about $664 million. (Yahoo! Sports)

Georgia QB Jaden Rashada sues Florida coach Billy Napier and others over botched $13.85M NIL deal

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jaden Rashada has filed a lawsuit against Florida football head coach Billy Napier, top Gators booster Hugh Hathcock and former football staffer Marcus Castro-Walker over a failed name, image and likeness deal that would have paid the quarterback $13.85 million, according to a suit filed in federal court on Tuesday. (CBS Sports)

Holden Thorp’s diagnosis can inspire

Holden Thorp, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina and one of the smartest people I have known, made a startling announcement last week. In the April 28 edition of "Science," the magazine he edits, he wrote, "I am autistic. I have had my diagnosis for several years but have only come to the conclusion to be public about it over the last year." (Salisbury Post)

Clemson's Dabo Swinney defends lack of transfer portal activity amid criticism

Dabo Swinney is acutely aware of the criticism and narratives swirling outside Clemson, and he's not exactly on board with either approach. "We've been very consistent, even the last three years," Swinney told CBS Sports. "There's a perception, a narrative that gets drummed up that we stink, that we're no good because we haven't made a Final Four." (CBS Sports)

Viral 'Fix You' fan trailer for EA College Football 25 raises the bar for EA Sports

For as epic as EA Sports' trailer was for EA College Football 25, what if Electronic Arts went with a different song than Guns N' Roses hard rock anthem "Welcome to the Jungle"? Noted NFL writer Kevin Clark, best known for his time at The Ringer, suggested that it would have been so incredible to have this trailer scored to Coldplay's "Fix You". (FanSided)

Virginia, NC State to play non-ACC home-and-home football series

ACC schools Virginia and NC State announced Wednesday they would play a home-and-home series in football that will not count as an official conference game. This marks the second time in recent years that a pair of ACC rivals have scheduled a nonconference series. Wake Forest and North Carolina scheduled games in 2019 and 2021. (ESPN.com)

Can Doug Gottlieb Really Be a FOX Sports Radio Host and D1 Head Coach at the Same Time?

FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb was hired as the new basketball coach at UW-Green Bay in what was a somewhat surprising move to the uninitiated. Not only is this a gamble for UW-Green Bay, but it’s also a gamble for FOX Sports Radio and Gottlieb. There’s a real possibility he could lose two jobs by doing neither of them to the best of his ability. (Barrett Sports Media)
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