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Jay Bilas: “People Are Piling On Johnny Manziel Like He’s The First Person Ever To Do This”

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The Drive Wednesday 8-7-13 - Jay Bilas joins The Drive to talk about his findings of the NCAA selling a #2 Texas A & M with the word “Football” on the back.  Jay Bilas gets into whether or not the NCAA should pay players,  what kind of punishment should be handed down to Johnny Manziel for allegedly taking money for his autograph, and what he would do to fix cheating in college athletics.

The Nemesis of the NCAA took to Twitter yesterday and revealed that if you typed in a player’s name in the search bar, their jersey would come up on the NCAA Shop website, thus showing the NCAA is profiting off them. After an hour so of fun and games, the NCAA search bar was shut down.

“Yesterday somebody told me the NCAA Shop search engine was down and I thought wow, that was really, really incredible.”

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon has recently filed a lawsuit vs. the NCAA for using his likeness and exploiting him. Many thought Bilas would love this, not so fast.

“I’m not in favor of a lawsuit. I would the like NCAA and the schools to change it all (the rules) on their own.”

The recent allegations targeting Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel for receiving money for autographs is what has prompted the criticism of the NCAA this time.

“Anytime you make money off someone while restricting them to zero, I consider that exploitation…”It certainly puts an egg on their face & makes them look bad. A feeling they are pretty familiar with as of late…The people are piling on Johnny Manziel like he’s the first person to ever have done this.”

The NCAA continues to get destroyed by media members so the former Duke basketball player was asked about the current state of the NCAA.

“Well morale is low there, people are leaving(for other jobs)…The NCAA has never been in worse shape than it is now.”

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