The only thing worse than the NCAA

The man who ostensibly heads the most dysfunctional legislative body in the country thinks his peers are just the folks to take on another dysfunctional bunch.

Tuesday, Mr. Reid raised that case in order to make his point: The NCAA demands more oversight.

“Jerry Tarkanian made it into the basketball hall of fame,” Mr. Reid said, The Hill reported. “Why didn’t he get in earlier? Because this courageous man took on the NCAA, which has absolute control over college athletes. I would hope as the years go by that we, as a Congress, will take a look at that more closely.”

Gosh, that’s bound to end well.

(h/t John Infante)

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14 responses to “The only thing worse than the NCAA

  1. 202dawg

    “…we, as Congress…”

    God-complex much?!

  2. Chuck

    Eh, I don’t think Jerry Tarkanian is a good choice for poster child to fix the NCAA. Even Mark Emmert could deflect that one.

  3. Krautdawg

    Signaling value maybe? At worst, I’d say get ready for some oversight hearings. But new legislation? That’d be an immense luxury project, and Congress can’t get the basic stuff done at the moment. Even if it gets proposed, you can very effectively lobby yourself out of meaningful regulation (see Dodd-Frank), and flagship state institutions have natural lobbying channels to reps & senators. Am I the only one who’d enjoy seeing Mark Emmert have to justify himself before Carl Levin?

    • Matt

      I would like to see him explain himself to Levin. No legislative solution is likely to pass, though, because our own Senator Blutarsky will filibuster it, a la Rand Paul…

  4. Timphd

    This, from the folks who brought us sequester. That’s who we want reviewing the NCAA? Those clowns can’t manage the TSA.

  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    Jerry Tarkanian? Did he really say that?

  6. WarD Eagle

    I’m okay with Senate oversight.

    As long as it comes with NCAA Infractions Committee oversight of Senate Ethics(tm).

  7. Dog in Fla

    As the years go by, Harry needs more cowbell

    “The time has come for us to outlaw prostitution,” Reid said in his biennial address to the Nevada legislature and an audience that included a legal brothel owner, legal prostitutes and the legal industry’s state lobbyist.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/50020.html