Afternoon Links: Circular logic

February, 7, 2014
Feb 7
3:10
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What we’re reading while we ignore the opening ceremonies. Submit links via Twitter.
  • Jay Bilas, frequent NCAA critic, outlines why the snake-eats-tail arguments against college athletes being paid are hopelessly bankrupt: "They'll say athletes should never be paid, not now, not ever. Well, why? Because they are paid. Well, that's circular. They shouldn't be paid because we pay them already. If you take the position that they're getting compensated with a scholarship and all this wonderful coaching and, boy, this great travel and nice hotels, well, you're saying their pay is capped. They are the only people in this enterprise that are capped. They say they're students. Well, every other student at Syracuse, except for the athletes, can accept whatever they want. No one says we don't want you here because you're a dirty professional. That's absurd. For some reason we've come to accept this in sports, that it's OK to tell someone you're making enough."
  • The ACC still hasn’t picked up the pace -- it has gone from a traditionally speedy league to the nation’s slowest -- and SI.com’s Brian Hamilton investigates why.
  • “Buzz's Bunch was a prerequisite of the job when Marquette offered it to him in 2008, and the request didn't come from Marquette. It came from Buzz. Marquette offered him the job on April 7, 2008, and Buzz Williams, savvy negotiator that he is he doesn't have an agent, told Marquette to pick a salary and make it fair, and that he wanted to start an organization for children with special needs, and that he never wanted Marquette to critique its size or scope. Take it or leave it. Marquette took it, of course, and 24 hours later Buzz's Bunch was born.” -- CBS’s Gregg Doyel details the admirable work Marquette coach Buzz Williams does with children suffering from life-threatening disease.
  • ESPN’s Dick Vitale is not one to sit quietly when he has an idea he wants to share, and his latest -- the renewal of the Indiana-Kentucky rivalry, with proceeds to benefit young cancer patients -- is a tough one to turn down.
  • Florida freshman Chris Walker had to work extra hard to gain academic eligibility this spring, but his path to Florida was even longer. Now, according to Kevin Brockway, the people who helped him get there are enjoying the emotional culmination of a dream.

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