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Living in the content world it never shuts off, it is a 24 hour a day business.  That is why I am writing this blog today usually, it is twice a week but I think I am going to move to more of 3-4 times a week depending on what is happening in the world of sports. Two things drive the content of this blog sports and food and then what happens in our world.  I feel like twice a week is not enough editions to not be behind.   I feel like I needed to address things that happened earlier in the week, the scandal at Arizona.  As you recall ESPN college basketball reporter Marc Schlabach reported that Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Miller was on an FBI phone tap talking to a representative for Deandre Ayton offering him $100K to sign with the school.  That Saturday Miller decided not to coach the Wildcats in their game at Oregon, and on Thursday prior to coaching his team at Stanford, he addressed the media.  Miller vehemently denied ever making a phone call to Ayton’s representative, Christian Dawkins, he even went as far as saying that he never met Dawkins until after Ayton verbally committed to Arizona.  This brings up a few interesting questions, one if the ESPN report is false will Miller and Arizona seek damages?, two where did Schlabach get the FBI report? three who else sees a problem with FBI leaks?  In my opinion, Schlabach had to be 100% sure the report was accurate since he reported this damaging report last Saturday.  If he or ESPN were not 100% sure that this report was true, they are taking a heck of a chance, this could be the straw that breaks the ESPN back.  ESPN is losing 100s of  1000s of subscribers every month and really outside of the live games that they have the rest of the content is awful!  I will say that there is something happening when they interviewed LeBron James about it he said, “I grew up poor and let me tell you, whether it was the NBA or college, we were not going to be poor anymore!”

Piggybacking off of the ESPN take, earlier this week when the story broke about Miller allegedly offering $100K to play at Arizona, the yearly pay the athletes debate took off.  Jay Williams and Jalen Rose both had the position that the top players in the NCAA should skip the NCAA Final Four to send a message to the NCAA.  The NCAA needs to change and I think that we can all agree with that. These two individuals asking players to do what they would not is ridiculous.  Neither of these guys would have ever done what they are suggesting, neither of them stayed the full four years in college and took full advantage of everything that the college experience had to offer.  Jalen Rose was part of one of the greatest basketball teams of all time the “Fab Five” I am sure he is still using connections that he got from being on that team and still uses that team to his advantage.  So spare me the tears that you were taken advantage of while in college.  The same with Jay Williams, I am sure he does not take advantage of all of the opportunities that his Duke degree and association with college basketball has given him.  Both of these athletes had the opportunity to go straight to the pros instead of going to college, so they successfully used the collegiate system to educate themselves and make their lives better after basketball.  I wish these former college players would help to educate these young men that college is about the next 40 years and not the four years they will be in school.  At the same time, I do think that these guys should be able to make money off of their likeness, jerseys, and autographs, etc.

Hope you like the new format and you can expect 3-4 blogs a week.  The new ones may be a little shorter, but the original Sunday and Thursday ones will still be the same length.  Well, see you guys Sunday with the mock draft.  Also, I am thinking about including a new Thursday conversation with an athlete, coach, or chef, so if you know anyone that might be interested DM me or have them DM me on Twitter @WCPeters_1

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Big changes coming to the NCAA in all sports and in my opinion basketball is just the tip of the iceberg.  With Sean Miller getting caught by FBI wiretap offering a $100K payoff to a top recruit, coupled with the Yahoo! report, a lot of top NCAA coaches have to be shaking in their boots.  I along with probably a lot of the nation just assumed that most major schools were cheating for these top recruits.  I believe that cheating has gone on long before, but the advent of the one and done rule has really exasperated the situation.  There are a number of reasons that the cheating occurs, one is that the Head Coaches are making millions of dollars and the assistant coaches are making hundreds of thousands of dollars to coach basketball and will bend and break rules to keep that job.  Once they get caught, however, they are still paid and allowed to go coach somewhere else, which is flat out wrong and needs to be changed.  If a coach whether Head or Assistant gets caught knowingly committing a major rules violation, they should never be allowed to coach at an NCAA institution no matter what division ever again.  I can not fully take credit for this take as I heard Dan Dakich this morning on “Pardon My Take” say the exact same thing.  This would give the coaches pause before knowingly breaking a rule because then the only places they could go coach would be the NBA, High School, or overseas.  Secondly, AAU coaches are scumbags, the majority of them, some are good but most of them are scum.  They will fly players all over the country in the name of winning.  The coaches get money from the shoe companies and the team’s sponsors.  The coaches then, in turn, push these players to schools that wear the shoes of the company paying them.  It is a huge scam and the only one that gets hurt are the players and the schools.  Thirdly, the agents are terrible human beings trying to get to these kids early because they know they are getting drafted.  The agents use these “runners” to bring the athlete cash and clothes, etc. they are terrible chasing down these collegiate athletes and knowingly breaking the rules to try and make a buck off of them once they turn pro.  Fourth, the NCAA needs to gain some common sense.  If the agent wants to buy the young man and his family dinner the athlete should not be punished.  They should establish an amount that makes sense and the agent should be allowed to take them out to dinner, this goes for boosters too.   Fifth, and probably the most important get rid of the one and done rule.  This is the dumbest rule in sports!  Let these guys go directly to the NBA if they want too.  The problem is that everyone blames this rule on the NCAA, but it is really the NBA that mandates the draft age.  This rule has done nothing but kill college basketball teams, they can not build a champion. The Champion usually has a couple of the one and dones that are stars.  The NCAA needs to work with the NBA and establish the same model as baseball uses.  You can go right away to the pros, but if you take that scholarship you are committing to college for at least three years.  Make this universal also in all sports that you receive money for, aka football.  I know a lot of people say that high school cannot go straight into the pros because of the difference in bodies and maturity, who cares if a guy thinks he can do it let him try they know what they are giving up if it doesn’t work.  I can think of at least three guys that could have done it, Clarrett, Clowney, and Marcus Lattimore just off of the top of my head.  What makes me sad are the guys that are missing out on scholarships because a guy is taking one up for a year.  I am interested to see what will happen to the media darling Coach K if and when this investigation turns up that he has sold his soul to the devil to win with the one and dones.

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I have been squarely on the side of the players in college do not need to be paid.  I feel that them getting a free education is good enough and the fact that about 1% of the athletes could make money off of their likeness had me convinced that they did not need to be paid.  Can you imagine getting a free education and entering the workforce debt free as a 23-year-old?  That to me is a payment, and proponents of athletes will say they earned that scholarship, which I do not disagree.  Let’s not forget that they also get exclusive rights to use the $50+ million athletic facility that houses everything that they need for free also while they are at school.  They also get to wear team-issued gear, which they get to keep, which is top of the line stuff from Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour.  Alas, I have come to a new conclusion, and a few of my neighbors and I had a spirited debate on this subject Saturday.  I feel that the athletes should be able to make money off of their likeness if the bookstore is going to sell a jersey with their number on it the athlete should get a cut.  I feel they should also be able to sell their autographs at a legitimate signing session, not charging for random signings just do not sign outside of your signings. One of my buddies suggested that lesser-known players would not benefit from this, I disagree I think that if Ohio State’s center from Austintown held a signing in Youngstown people would come out and pay him for his autograph.  They may not benefit as much but I believe that they would still be able to benefit some.  There you have it I believe that I solved all that is wrong with the NCAA and paying athletes, yeah right!

On Friday, expect a resolution that will impact the college football playoff.  I have a radical idea that will make every game important.  I think you will like it.  Then on Sunday, I will have the first mock draft.   Oh and 30 days till opening day, let’s go!  See you then, love you guys! Cheers! 🍀

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