Tuesday, March 11, 2014

This Week in "Destroying the NCAA," Mark Cuban and Shawne Alston

It wouldn't be a normal offseason week on Double Coverage if we didn't bring you some kind of "down with the NCAA" story, and since we mailed it in last week to shred that pow pow out in the Rockies (with an extra pair of gloves) we're giving you two today. Let's start with Dallas Mavericks owner, Shark Tank star, t-shirt aficionado and LeBron James posterizer Mark Cuban, who had this to say to ESPN about the recent rash of one-and-done NCAA stars:

"If the colleges don't change from the one-and-done, we'll go after the one. The NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there's absolutely no reason for a kid to go (to college). We can get rid of all the hypocrisy and improve the education. If the whole plan is just to go to college for one year or just the first semester, that's not a student-athlete. That's ridiculous. You don't have to pretend. We don't have to pretend. A major college has to pretend that they're treating them like a student-athlete, and it's a big lie and we all know it's a big lie. There's no reason for the NCAA to exist. None."

FATALITY! CUBAN DON'T HURT EM! That quote is only the tip of the iceberg, so I'd highly recommend reading the entire ESPN article, but you've gotta love the Cubes giving absolutely zero effs like always and going after the NCAA's hypocrisy and absurdity when nobody else in his position will. Obviously the one-and-done rule doesn't apply to football, but you can insert "three-and-done" and make the exact same point: we're all just playing make believe with these kids and pretending they're in this for the education to avoid paying them or giving them adequate healthcare.

Which brings us to former West Virginia RB Shawne Alston, who's also setting his laser sight on the boys in Indianapolis. Alston, who had to take out more than $5,000 in loans while in Morgantown on a "free ride," is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA and the five power conferences claiming that the NCAA has illegally capped athletic scholarships at a value below the actual cost of attending college (leading Bloomberg View to speculate how a similar anti-trust suit could finally bring this insane system down).

The NCAA has had it both ways long enough and can't straddle the fence between these two stories anymore. If Cuban is right and players are not "student-athletes" then let the kids make some money. If Alston and others want to be student-athletes then give them a real scholarship.

Or just recognize this entire system for the corrupt, outdated farce that it is and blow the whole thing up.

(H/T: Barstool U and Bloomberg)

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