A Small Victory in the Battle Against NCAA Hypocrisy (plus some bonus Johnny Manziel news)

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Jay Bilas launched his most successful campaign against NCAA hypocrisy to date earlier this week when he revealed a little problem with the associations online store.  Bilas exposed that when you typed in the name of a star athlete, such as Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, these results came up:

This is despite the fact that jersey’s sold on the NCAA’s website are not technically supposed to be connected to a specific player, hence why there are no names on any of the jerseys.  The NCAA disabled the search function after news of the discovery by Bilas began to spread around the internet, but the damage had already been done.

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Why the Public Should Stop Worrying About PED Use in Sports

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As most people know at this point it has been a big week in the world of accusations of PED use by pro athletes.  Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was connected to the banned substance IGF-1.  The substance is banned by all professional sports, and according to a story set to run in Sports Illustrated next week was obtained by Lewis in the form of deer antler spray, which he was given to help recover from a torn triceps injury this fall.  Christopher Key, co-owner of SWATS, (the company who supplied Lewis with the spray) says he also supplied the spray to about 20 university of Alabama football players prior to the 2012 BCS title game against LSU (source).  Lewis has denied using the substance, and has used the tried and true defense that he has never failed a test.  Lewis was supported by Ravens vice president of communications, Kevin Byrne, who released the following statement on behalf of the team: “Ray has been randomly tested for banned substances and has never failed a test. We have never been notified of a failed test. He has never been notified of a failed test” (source).  Of course the great thing about IGF-1, and similar substances such as HGH is that there is no test in place to determine their presence in an athletes system.  Turns out its pretty easy to never fail a test for a substance they don’t test for, Lance Armstrong managed to dope through seven Tour de France titles with this method.

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The Good, The Bad, and The Really Really Weird (a recap of the past week in college sports)

The past week has been remarkable in a lot of ways for college athletics.  College basketball is in the meat of its conference schedule, and those who contended there was no dominant team this year have been proven correct as the underdog has taken almost as many games as the favored team (The Good).  In the midst of a great college basketball season the NCAA finds itself in trouble (again) this week with a scandal emerging around its investigation of the University of Miami (The Bad).  And finally the Manti Te’o story continues to be the gift that just keeps on giving as new details have emerged this week (The Really, Really Weird).  All these topics deserve some attention so I’ll start with The Good.

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