What many are thinking, but won't say publicly 

November, 2, 2009
11/02/09
4:22
PM ET
College basketball is an interesting clique. There are some dysfunctional elements to the game (like the path some travel to recruit players through intermediaries), and some elements that display their utter perfection every year (like the NCAA tournament's ideal three-weekend setup).

In talking to the coaches and players who are preparing for what I believe will be an incredibly entertaining season, there are some "elephants in the room" that need to be let out. We -- and by we I mean those in the know or those with the passion to truly care -- have probably uttered these sentences to our friends, and coaches have discussed them amongst their colleagues, but no where have I seen these "elephants" put together. So here goes ...