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Fischer, Smith added to O'Bannon lawsuit as plaintiffs

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NEW YORK (AP) - Six college football players have been added as plaintiffs to a high-profile lawsuit that claims the NCAA owes billions of dollars to former players for allowing their likenesses to be used without compensation.

The players are: Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham; Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson; linebacker Jake Fischer and kicker Jake Smith from Arizona; and tight end Moses Alipate and wide receiver Victor Keise of Minnesota.

Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon is the lead plaintiff in the long-running legal battle that could fundamentally alter how the NCAA operates.

A federal judge in Oakland, Calif., on July 5 allowed the attorneys to update their lawsuit to fix legal technicalities, including adding at least one active player to the lawsuit.

The judge is still mulling whether to turn the lawsuit into a class action.

Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne released this statement:

"We are aware that Jake Smith and Jake Fischer are now plaintiffs in the lawsuit. While we do not support the lawsuit, we support their right to be involved and express their opinion. They are two fine young men and we are glad they are part of our program and University."

Jake Fischer will join head coach Rich Rodriguez at Pac-12 football media day Friday, July 26th in Los Angeles, California.

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