A lot of people are trashing the NCAA in the wake of the FBI's latest revelations about corruption within college basketball. An NBA head coach has gotten in on the trashing.
Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, who's often one of the league's most-outspoken voices, went off on the NCAA earlier this afternoon. He, basically, said the NCAA does not care at all about the "student-athletes."
Van Gundy called the NCAA one of the "worst" organizations in all of sports. He thinks it's maybe the worst.
“The NCAA is one of the worst organizations – maybe the worst organization – in sports. They certainly don’t care about the athlete," he told reporters.
"The one thing I know about the NCAA is the last group of people they care about is – as they call them, 'the student-athletes' – which is part of their ability to promote themselves. They don’t care about them at all."
Van Gundy continued to say that he would be in favor of letting players go straight to the NBA from high school. He thinks that would be fair.
"I've always been in favor of that. I've been in favor of that strictly on a fairness issue. ... You can turn 18 and go work anywhere else. An 18-year-old, if they're talented enough, can come into your profession and get a job," he said.
Few people - outside of the NCAA, of course - are going to disagree with what Van Gundy said. There clearly needs to be some change.
Will it actually happen, though? It better.