Rick Pitino might have been the most arrogant cheater in college hoops, but he isn’t the only one.
Smart college basketball experts like Jay Bilas and Fran Fraschilla have recently written treatises about how to cure college basketball. The unfortunate truth that renders their well-intentioned thoughts unnecessary is that it isn’t sick.
Rick Pitino’s ouster at Louisville, indictments against assistant coaches, shoplifting in China, and academic fraud at North Carolina have coaches piously posturing and big brains proposing massive changes in the governance of college hoops.
Sadly, the problems identified by Bilas, Fraschilla, and others with skin in the game have been widely accepted and ignored facts of life for generations – at least for fans. And it’s the fans who separate basketball from cross country by consuming it on TV and buying expensive tickets at giant arenas like the Yum! Center, Dean Dome, Rupp Arena, and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. (more…)