Some links

Still nursing the sad about Michigan getting bounced from the tournament tonight. Excellent game – came down to a really tough shot. Kentucky goes to its third final four in four years, which makes this piece by Jason Zengerle, which was odd and misplaced (I thought) when it came out two weeks ago, that much more curious to read now.

On to the links:

1) I missed this when I was writing about age limits two weeks ago. In 2012, Neil Paine of Basketball Prospectus delved into the data to compare the career trajectories of basketball players who spent more time in college against those who spent less. The conclusions are pretty unmistakable – the NCAA is “failing to convert its stars into high-impact NBA players.”

2) Via Deadspin, this is just awesome – a Gainesville TV sportscaster, unable to show Florida Gator NCAA tourney highlights last night due to licensing restrictions, came up with a very inventive alternative (made my evening).

3) Dr. Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA, was on Face the Nation this morning with Bob Schieffer. You can read their exchange here.

I will write more about this soon, but it’s striking to see Emmert argue that yes, the players need more money; their practice time needs to be limited so that there is better “balance” between their sports activities and their classroom commitments; and that there needs to be greater commitment to their “health and wellness.” But what’s most important is that we prevent the players from having any formal say in how any of those things might be accomplished. OK, he didn’t say that last part. But that is the inescapable reality of the NCAA’s current structure and modus operandi. And Mark Emmert appeared willing today to go all the way to the Supreme Court to keep it that way.

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