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The Knightly Newsletter - June 22, 2021

The Knightly Newsletter - June 22, 2021
By Black & Gold Banneret • Issue #81 • View online
Happy Tuesday - We’ve got a lot to talk about today, including the Supreme Court slapping around the NCAA.
Let’s get after it!

The Big News
High court sides with former athletes in dispute with NCAA
Remember yesterday we talked about UCF’s LAUNCH initiative? Now comes this bombshell. How badly is the NCAA screwing up its job when you get this Supreme Court to rule against you unanimously?
Real quick: No, this doesn’t mean players will start getting paid. But it might re-open the gap between big money conferences and not-so-big money conferences. Those with the cash can now offer largers incentive packages for signing on - Think better computers, etc. The rich may have gotten richer. But as always with these decisions, it’s too early to tell.
On the Banneret
Rayniah Jones’ Olympic Journey Is Only Just Beginning
Bryson Turner looks at how far Rayniah Jones came in such a short time this year, and what the future holds for her Olympic dreams.
By The Numbers: UCF Knights Softball Postseason Draws Record TV Viewers
Eric Lopez looks back at the TV ratings numbers for UCF Softball this past season.
It was a very good year for Softball on TV, as it firmly cemented itself as perhaps the premiere NCAA women’s sport on TV. We even saw the first NCAA Softball game ever on ABC this year. UCF contributed to softball’s emergence this postseason.
Around the Kingdom
Greg McCrae Signs with CFL’s Toronto Argonauts
Greg has found a home north of the border, with the same franchise where Terrance Plummer earned a Grey Cup. The CFL season starts August 5th.
Aline Reis is Heading to Tokyo
That makes two Knights heading to the Olympics, as UCF Hall-of-Famer Aline Reis will be an alternate for Brasil, joining Phil Dalhausser.
Now a veteran, she made her national team debut at the last Olympiad in Rio, earning a clean sheet in group play.
UCF Women's Soccer
Aline Reis is headed to the @Olympics with @SelecaoFeminina‼️

@AlineReisGK will travel to #Tokyo2020 as one of four alternates with the Brazil women's national team! Congrats, Aline! 👏

#BuiltByUCF | #BestIsOurStandard https://t.co/QlK3l5m7mX
U.S. Open champ Jon Rahm’s caddie Adam Hayes is a UCF grad
We’ll take yet another win, thank you.
Who Is Jon Rahm’s Caddie? - Rahm's Bagman Adam Hayes
Vannini Previews UCF in The Athletic
Friend of the pod Chris Vannini takes a look at UCF in his summer preview. Worth the read ($):
At UCF, Gus Malzahn is committed to building a long-term winner. Dillon Gabriel leads a strong starting foundation – The Athletic
News and Notes
Revenge of the Birds: Cardinals CB Preview, including Tay Gowan
Tweet of the Day
UCF Baseball players Josh Crouch, Ben McCabe and Tom Josten catch up with some Knight fans while playing for the Sanford River Rats of the FGCL:
Sanford River Rats
UCF FANS 🤝 RATS FANS! These little ones were full of excitement getting to see some of their favorite @UCF_Baseball players play together for the summer! They even baked cookies to give them after the game!🍪⚾️ #ScurryOn🐀 https://t.co/LtoV5KO2gO
On TV Tonight
No UCF-related events today, but here’s what else is on.
That’s all for today - Catch you tomorrow! #ChargeOn
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