FBI, Sports Agents, Middle-Men and Mischief…. Oh, my!
The sports world is collectively hyperventilating over the latest round of investigations into improprieties around the world of college basketball.
It is, evidently, a matter of such national importance that the FBI is leading the investigation. Even the king himself, the exalted one LeBron James, has labeled the NCAA as a corrupt institution. All very shocking indeed. This time it must be pretty bad.
Let’s funnel this down a bit. According to a quick Internet search that I have recently performed, there are 337 NCAA Division 1 level college basketball teams.
Each one of these teams is allowed 13 scholarships to be divided among the players. So, using my Land Grant math, there are roughly 4,381 scholarship Division 1 college basketball players.
4,381 kids. Think about how many of these kids aren’t involved with any scandals. Pretty much all of them, right? What are their stories? Gym rats.
Kids that had strange light contraptions attached to their hoops so they could shoot after the sun went down.
Kids that wouldn’t come inside for dinner until they made their 100th free throw.
Kids who have willed themselves to succeed in the classroom so they could be the first from their family to go to and graduate from college.
Kids who are great teammates. Talented, hard working kids who have pushed themselves relentlessly to succeed on a level that most people can’t.
The FBI, Andy Miller, Christian Dawkins, Sean Miller, $471, $40, $100,000, Rick Pitino, leaks, wiretaps……. Sam Gilbert, UNLV, the Fab Five…… Go ahead and focus on those things if you choose, but you’ll be missing out.
Crowley Sullivan has written a phenomenal piece which touches on Miles Bridges. (Izzo, Spartans Ready To Chase Ultimate Goal). As we get ready for “March Madness” and all of the surrounding narrative, cue the violin music, some feel good stuff.
Lourawls Tum Tum Nairn, Jr.
Jordan Bohannon – Iowa