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The Inside Story of How the FBI Rocked College Basketball

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Mark Schlabach, writing for ESPN:

    The FBI announced Tuesday that 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches, were arrested as part of a two-year investigation into bribes and other corruption in the sport.

    Assistant coaches from Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, Miami, Oklahoma State and USC were implicated in the investigation, and on Wednesday, Louisville announced that athletic director Tom Jurich and longtime basketball coach Rick Pitino have been placed on administrative leave.

    And Jay Bilas:

    The NCAA states that it protects players from being exploited commercially. Does that ring true to anyone? The NCAA uses the players as billboards for apparel deals and uses their names and likenesses to sell the product, and to sell media-rights deals. The NCAA continues benefiting from this multibillion-dollar business, while the players get only a scholarship, and the only ones exploiting the athletes are the NCAA and the member institutions. When you use a person to make money while at the same time limiting that person from making money, you exploit. Players are certainly not mistreated, but they are exploited.

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  2. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    They should investigate College Football too. You know, just to see.
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  3. tenspeed


    Wow. This is amazing--I mean, we all pretty much knew, but this is amazing.
  4. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    i saw a post interesting that makes it a sort of different case

    college basketball is all based on coaches and sneaker companies/AAU, while college football is mostly donors, so it makes it a lot harder on the football side since it's less business oriented
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  5. Mr. Serotonin

    I'm still staring down the sun Prestigious

    Mostly donors? What’d you mean?
  6. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    big time donors are in the corruption aspect of college football. boosters give players money rather than shoe companies/agents like are done in basketball
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