October 9th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Kentucky Coach John Calipari broke his public silence on the California law permitting college players to profit off their names, images and likenesses in commercial endorsements. Calipari said, “These kids, their name and likeness is theirs. They own it.” But when host Matt Jones asked if Calipari fully supported the idea of college players working as commercial pitchmen and pitchwomen, the UK coach cited complications that made a direct answer difficult. “You can’t just say, ‘yeah, I’m for this,’” Calipari said. “Now, you can say that if you’re being political and acting like you’re getting ahead of this. But the reality of it is what exactly are you talking about you’re for? ‘Well, I’m for the players.’ Really? I think it’s going to have to be settled in (the U.S.) Congress,” he said, “and the reason is because whatever the NCAA does will not be enough.” Calipari also cautioned against ringing approval of a law permitting college athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses. He said “unintended consequences” could arise. For instance, he said a rule allowing players to transfer once without penalty after their freshman years led to major college basketball programs poaching players from mid-major teams. – Jerry Tipton, Kentucky Sports, Read More

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