College Basketball

Did That Team That Nobody Likes Win?

I am not a March Madness kind of fellow. But if that team that plays for that school you went to won, great. If they lost, well, bummer, man.

There is a huge disconnect between the reality of college sports and the overall college experience. I read a side item earlier about Lamar Odom and how he went to a college on the east coast. He was not a good student, but he was great at basketball. He maybe lasted a year with that team, left no mark on that school, but they go crazy for him and love him anyway. What is there to admire? That's where he stopped on the way to going to the NBA. He didn't graduate, he didn't stick around and help the team win a lot of games. One and done, baby.

Heads Are Buried In the Sand at the NCAA


There are more than a few scandals brewing in the NCAA right now. John Oliver, who is English and makes jokey-jokes on the television box, has the NCAA's number. It's a clown-like conspiracy of epic proportions. It is raking in an un-Godly amount of money that, if it were to dry up, would cause untold numbers of universities in the United States to collapse and have to begin using their massive endowments to continue stealing money from students.

I mean, tuition is up, everywhere, and the price of a college education is skyrocketing. And yet, students are continuing to flock to the games, unaware of the link between the money their school makes on athletics and the lack of any measurable decline in their own personal costs for going to the same school. It's a circle jerk extraordinaire.

Duke Basketball ignored a possible rape scandal. Don't mention it!

North Carolina spent years tricking people into thinking they were actually in classes. Shh!

Kentucky is perfect this year. How much do you want to bet someone's ineligible and none of those wins are gonna count? Whoops!

Money, money, money. Anybody getting educated? Nope.

Bad Management and Jim Boeheim


Nobody is calling Jim Boeheim a crook or anything like that. He's a terrible manager of people in terms of maintaining ethical standards in an academic environment. He has operated like an absentee landlord, according to the NCAA, and at the level of big time college basketball, that's almost like being a crook, but not really.

Boeheim has plausible deniability--everyone who did things that were unethical in order to provide him the players that he needed to win did so under his relaxed management style. This means that he can threaten an appeal and stay where he's at and accountability will fall on others. That's a great scam if you can pull it off.