The NCAA suffered another blow in court on Friday as it continues to work through the legalities of enforcing its NIL policies.

Federal judge Clifton Corker granted a request for a preliminary injunction that was made in a lawsuit last month by the states of Tennessee and Virginia. This means the NCAA, at least for the time-being, will be unable to enforce its NIL-related recruiting rules against Tennessee or any other program.

Here’s the conclusion of the decision by Judge Corker:

“It is hereby ordered that, effective immediately, defendant NCAA; its servants, agents, and employees; and all persons in active concert or participation with the NCAA, are restrained and enjoined from enforcing the NCAA interim NIL policy, the NCAA Bylaws, or any other authority to the extent such authority prohibits student-athletes from negotiating compensation for NIL with any third-party entity, including but not limited to boosters or a collective of boosters, until a full and final decision on the merits in the instant action.”

“It is further ordered that, effective immediately, the NCAA is restrained and enjoined from enforcing the rule of restitution (NCAA Bylaw 12.11.4.2) as applied to the foregoing NIL activities until a full and final decision on the merits in the instant action.”

This is the latest in a long line of courtroom losses for the NCAA in recent years. Earlier this year, a court ruled that the NCAA could not enforce its multi-time transfer policy, which previously required non-graduate transfers to sit out for 1 season upon transferring multiple times.

The request for a preliminary injunction by the states of Tennessee and Virginia came after the Vols’ football program became the center of an active NCAA inquiry into their NIL tactics. Tennessee athletic director Danny White was amongst the UT administrators who were critical of the NCAA when news of that investigation broke last month.

Shortly after Judge Corker’s ruling was made public, Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti released the following statement:

“The court’s grant of a preliminary injunction against the NCAA’s illegal NIL-recruitment ban ensures the rights of student-athletes will be protected for the duration of this case, but the bigger fight continues,” Attorney General Skrmetti said in a statement. “We will litigate this case to the fullest extent necessary to ensure the NCAA’s monopoly cannot continue to harm Tennessee student-athletes. The NCAA is not above the law, and the law is on our side.”

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