Upon announcement last week that the NCAA was open to student-athletes being paid for their names, images and likenesses (NIL), people instantly began to cheer that collegiate athletes would now be allowed to get paid instead of only receiving their athletic scholarships.

The belief is that student-athletes will be able to financially benefit from merchandise sales from jerseys, get paid for making appearances, make money from autographs, etc.

However, the NCAA has not announced yet how the student-athletes will be allowed to cash in on endorsement money as freely as they would be allowed under California’s NIL law that is set to go into effect in January.

The fine print in the NCAA’s announcement stated that several conditions have yet to be fleshed out by the respective divisions and that the guidelines may leave plenty of room for experimentation and possibly even disappointment.

Many factors will still have to be figured out, including the distinct possibility that the student-athletes will now have to pay taxes on the money they make and even possibly on the money that their respective scholarships are equivalent to.

Quite possibly the biggest excitement emailed to me is from several readers who are excited at the thought that the popular EA Sports game, NCAA Football, could be returning.

While there is still plenty to be ironed out with the NIL, it will truly be interesting to see how the NCAA lays guidelines for its student-athletes to earn money off of their own NIL’s, much like the NCAA has done for decades.

PSU unforeseen big road game

When the college football season began, few could have seen Saturday’s Penn State at Minnesota game as being one pitting a pair of 8-0 teams against each other.

Penn State is favored but there are some who are looking at the 12 p.m. (11 a.m. CST) start time as being something that may throw off the Nittany Lions. Personally, I don’t buy into the thought, but I will be there in person and will see firsthand just how much it plays into the outcome of the game.

I think the cold weather could play more into the end result, but considering Minnesota hasn’t played anyone notable yet and with Penn State being used to playing in unique weather conditions, Penn State should be 9-0 when it hosts Indiana next Saturday.

Speaking of PSU playing in weather, it handled Michigan State easily before its bye week this past weekend.

The rain was nonstop and it put a damper on the tailgating scene, but a special thanks to Jeff and Julie Persico of Okemos, Michigan, for hosting a great get-together!

WVU facing must-win, Pitt on a bye week

With West Virginia sitting at 3-5, it has to win Saturday to have any chance at a post-season berth.

Pitt is coming off of a road win at Georgia Tech and has a bye week to heal up for its home stretch.

Ringgold’s Holt honored at Slippery Rock

Dalton Holt, a 2017 Ringgold graduate, was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award following and interception and career-best 12 tackles in Slippery Rock’s win over Cal U this past weekend.

A junior, Holt has 53 tackles and three interceptions on the season for the undefeated Rock (9-0).

Slippery Rock is ranked second in the NCAA Division II regional ranking and ninth overall.

After a trip to Gannon Saturday, SRU will play at Kutztown the following weekend in the PSAC Championship game.

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