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NCAA Releases Statement In Response To Yahoo's Report

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Friday morning, Yahoo Sports dropped a significant report on the FBI's investigation into college basketball, naming over 20 schools and over 25 players who could be facing some trouble. The NCAA has already weighed in on the publication's findings.

NCAA President Mark Emmert issued a statement on the organization's website just a few hours after Yahoo's report broke. In it, he condemns those who "engage in this kind of behavior" with amateur athletes.

Here's the entire statement:

“These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever.

The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

Emmert is right about one thing - there are systematic failures in college athletics right now. The players have value - they make their schools and the NCAA a great deal of money - but they aren't allowed to be paid for their services. That's the issue here.

So, what will the NCAA do? It's unclear. The report names dozens of current and former athletes. Will the NCAA go back and vacate wins for all schools involved? Will it ban certain teams from this year's tournament?

Remember, too, that the NCAA typically takes its time with these kinds of cases. It's unlikely that they're able to come to a decision on any program in this year's NCAA Tournament in the few weeks we have left before the event takes place.

Yahoo's report implicated players from dozens of schools, including Duke, UNC, NC State, Maryland, LSU, Alabama and more. You can read the entire piece here.