Reports: NCAA meets with Miami booster on NIL deals

The NCAA is looking into name, image and likeness deals involving athletes at the University of Miami.According to multiple reports, the NCAA has met with John Ruiz, a Miami mega-booster. Multiple reports characterize this as an “inquiry” by the NCAA and not a full-blown investigation.Ruiz — a billionaire, attorney and Miami graduate — told CBS Sports that his meeting with the NCAA last week was “clean cut” and that there is “nothing to be alarmed about.””Very professional, very positive,” Ruiz said.He told Sports Illustrated that he has “nothing to hide” and his meeting with the NCAA went “super well.”Ruiz has been public about the deals he has secured for Miami athletes recently. In April, he tweeted about his company LifeWallet signing Nijel Pack — a men’s basketball transfer from Kansas State — to a two-year deal worth $800,000, plus a new car.In May, the NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors updated its NIL guidance to say that boosters — and collectives backed by boosters — are prohibited from recruiting athletes or providing them with benefits. Boosters are also not allowed to contact recruits, per NCAA rules.