Judge approves $60 million settlement in NCAA, EA Sports lawsuit

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As expected, a settlement in the class-action lawsuit against the NCAA and Electronic Arts has been approved by a federal judge. The settlement, valued at $60 million, was formally approved Thursday. The same judge also ruled against the NCAA in the Ed O’Bannon case focused on the use of names, images and likenesses of college athletes. The NCAA, to the surprise of nobody, is appealing the decision.

Claims are still being filed by student-athletes past and present who may have appeared in any NCAA-licensed video game published by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports branch of the business. Those claims must be filed and approved by July 31 in order for a check to be made out to those players, and the amount of the payouts will vary depending on how many athletes file a claim.

“This landmark decision marks the first time student-athletes will be paid for the likeness or image, and stands as a huge victory in the ongoing fight for student-athletes’ rights,” Steve Berman, a Seattle-based attorney for the plaintiffs said in statement.

EA Sports has not published a title in its popular NCAA Football franchise since 2013. The company has been silent on the possibility of the game returning since shutting the project down, but fans are waiting to see when the time will come. Whether or not that day will come remains to be seen, and unless the company has been secretly working on the game behind closed doors, the earliest the game may return to store shelves or in online marketplaces may not be until 2017.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.