Around the Web: Mountaineers coach has a fan, NCAA players can receive EA checks with no penalty, Slive and Delany discuss future of college sports

West Virginia head football coach Dana Holgorsen is guiding the Mountaineers in a backwards trajectory.  Holgorsen has led his team to 10-3, 7-6, and 4-8 records and is looking at a game against Alabama to start the 2014 campaign.  Holgorsen has at least one person, outside the West Virginia family, that hopes the flamboyant Air-Raid prodigy can reverse his fortunes this season.!02SMk

No players will be suspended by the NCAA for receiving checks from Electronic Arts.  The company behind wildly popular college football video games has settled a lawsuit also involving the Collegiate Licensing Company that will pay some collegiate players between $50 and $900 each. The NCAA has vowed not to punish those players.  Technically, college athletes are not allowed to receive endorsement checks under current NCAA rules.  But it seems the NCAA is willing to let it slide this time, as they await the larger fallout that is possible from the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit.

By the way, our own beloved University of Alabama athletic director, Bill Battle, was the founder of the Collegiate Licensing Company, if anyone has forgotten.

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says college athletics is in an “evolutionary mode” and looking at a “paradigm shift.”  Slive and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany had some comments for reporters recently regarding the future of college athletics.  Delany said that education must continue to be an integral part of college athletics.  Plaintiff’s attorneys, in the O’Bannon lawsuit, have put several witnesses on the stand during trial, including former Alabama receiver Tyrone Prothro.   These witnesses essentially said they focused more on sports than academics during their college careers.  Or can you call being in college a “career?”