Commentary

What can be done to protect the college game?

Originally Published: May 15, 2008
By Jay Bilas | ESPN.com
I love basketball. I don't like the basketball business. Basketball, from the junior circuit on, has too many elements of a dirty business, and there are too few people willing to stand up and protest the negative influences in the game.

I am not at all surprised that O.J. Mayo was compromised by agents as a high school kid. What surprises me is that so many people are surprised. This kind of thing has been going on for too long now, and insiders in the game have known about it. But it was so pervasive and so difficult to prove that it simply became part of the culture of the game.

Jay Bilas

College Basketball analyst

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