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Podcast: Ohio State AD Gene Smith discusses student-athlete name, image, likeness debate

Smith leads the NCAA’s working group on NIL issues.

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Throughout the season, Land-Grant Holy Land will be bringing you uncut audio primarily from Ohio State press conference, but also from individual breakout sessions.

On today’s episode we hear from OSU athletic director Gene Smith who spoke to collected reporters on Tuesday, October 1st ahead of head football coach Ryan Day’s regularly scheduled press conference to discuss California Senate Bill 206 being signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Smith is the chair of an NCAA working group currently looking into the issue and planning on presenting recommendations to the organization’s full membership body by the end of the month.

On Wednesday, former All-Big Ten Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez announced that he would be drafting federal legislation to address this issue. Gonzalez is in the United States Hose of Representatives representing Ohio’s 16th district.

Gonzalez has said that he will wait to finalize the draft of his legislation until after Smith’s working group finalizes its proposal, and will then work with Smith to work out the best way to proceed. The AD noted in the presser that the only way that he sees something happening is with federal assistance, because a patchwork of different laws enacted by individual states would make it almost impossible to govern and maintain a competitive balance.

Check out the full Smith press conference here:

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