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2024 NCAA Championship Preview

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Fixing NCAA Judging With Dr. Hughes Mercier

Dr. Mercier PhD is the creator of JEP (Judges Evaluation Program) for the FIG. The project took 10 years to create. Jessica asked him how to he would approach NCAA judging with it’s 10.0 system, plentiful ^ up to deductions and a review system based on coaches feedback.

Scott Bregman and Jessica talked about the need for enforcement of the Code of Points and professionalizing judging on Behind The Scenes this week. Listen or watch the full episode here.

NIL Lowdown with Attorneys, Tasha Schwikert & Josie Leinert

Olympic medalist, World and NCAA champion, Tasha Schwikert Esq. joined Jessica with her co-worker Josie Leinert Esq. (née Loren, yes, as in Kaylie Cruz of Make it Or Break It fame) to talk about the realities of recruiting in the unregulated wild west of 2024 NIL.

  • Handlers charging for access to athletes
  • Payoffs to join a team disguised as NIL “deals”

NCAA Championship Preview

Official Championship Schedule 

SEMIFINAL 1
Thursday, 3:30pm CT – LSU, Cal, Arkansas, Stanford

  • LSU – They have been runner-up to Oklahoma 4 times in the past decade. 
  • CalCal is the one team that holds up best with the naked eye. 
  • ArkansasIf Cal or LSU has to count a fall, Arkansas has the scores to continue their gymnastics on ABC. 
  • Stanford The only unseeded team to advance to Championships. 


SEMIFINAL 2
Thursday, 8pm CT – Oklahoma, Florida, Utah, Alabama

  • Oklahoma – This is about legacy. The dynasty has already been established, but Oklahoma has never three-peated.
  • Florida – Last year, the Gators finished just 0.15 behind Oklahoma and the year prior 0.1125. Can they find those extra tenths this Championship? 
  • Utah – For the 48th consecutive season the Utes are back at Nationals and so is Maile O’Keefe, the reigning all-around national champion and beam champion.
  • Alabama – Ranked in the top 10 on every event except floor, which ironically they set a program record on this season with a 49.750. 


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