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Why Is Anybody Surprised By Corruption In College Basketball?

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

The curtain has been pulled back on college basketball, and not a single person should be surprised.

For example, Dick Vitale appeared shocked at the idea Arizona coach Sean Miller was caught on a wiretap talking about paying a player $100,000.

Look, I’ve been pretty clear about this whole issue. There is rampant corruption in college sports, and athletes are taking money. I’m not even saying that athletes shouldn’t take money. It’s more than understandable that they’d want to be compensated for being a star athlete.

The biggest question for me is how are people acting like this is some big revelation? Were none of them paying attention the past couple decades? Anybody with knowledge of college sports knows this has been going on for years. For years!

At this point in time it’s not even really hidden. We just kind of expect players to take money under the table because the NCAA has pretty much created a monopoly on college sports that makes sure athletes don’t get squat outside of their scholarship.

I’m honestly shocked more coaches and players haven’t been revealed. I guess that’s probably because they get their assistants to do it, which is something Sean Miller apparently wasn’t smart enough to figure out. Open your eyes people. Athletes taking money is simply part of college sports at our current stage, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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