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March 12, 2009

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Kristaan Johnson

How can anyone blame Pat Barrett for capitalizing on a major NCAA loophole that allows him to get bread. The bottom line is that all these "Big-Time" recruits in the past 15-20 years have been demanding some kind of payment from basketball programs that recruit them. As a former UCLA basketball player and 1995 NCAA Champion, I have witnessed first hand the ills that plague college basketball, and some shady business dealings by EVERYONE involved, not just so-called "agents" or AAU coaches. The Love's were used? You gotta be kidding me. Next thing you are going to say is OJ(Mayo) is a victim, Reynardo Sydney is being exploited, and Tyreke Evans got a raw deal. I respect your viewpoints and opinion Marc, but if you are going to keep it real, then do so. Don't sugar-coat this shit. Though you may personal issues or beef with P.B., he is not the root of the problem. Tark had the nerve to call P.B. a whore? WOW! The real Pimps are these AD's, Head Coaches, and the Boosters of these high-profile programs. They are the ones pulling the strings dog. Not Pat Barrett.

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Jameel

As a former colligate and professional athlete I think articles such as this are very important to inform people of the real issues with college basketball. The perspective that college athletes are all dumb jocks who live their lives on a hoop dream is way too prevalent in my opinion. Crooks and scam artists who openly (or even subtlely) exploit these athletes need to be exposed. Your blog is one way to have some accountability over these peoples' actions. It's also important to educate athletes and their families about these issues...the more they know about this business the less likely they are to be exploited.

Great work as usual, Marc...I appreciate your passion to speak up on behalf of athletes.

Ticked off

Marc,

Are you kidding me? You're either stupid or ignorant.

Pat Barrett is a pawn in the game. Kevin and his dad Stan took in excess of $300,000 and Pat was not the orchestrator it was Ceruzzi.

Pat runs a great program that is constantly looking for funding to keep it going. Let me ask you this genius, if someone who struggles to keep a program funded is offered a legal (albeit unethical) incentive to assist an agent try to sign a player with the offer of some hefty reward on the back end, who wouldn't take it?

The story here is not about PB it's about the sneaky Agents, players,the coaches that look the other way and the old men that run the NCAA (that look the other way at something that happens in every sport at every school to one degree or another).

If you want some good stuff quit screwing with the little fish (PB) and go after the big fish the players, agents and most importantly the NCAA to create some reform that would stop this.

Get it Straight

Marc Isenberg

Get it straight--

First, Kevin and Stan did not take in excess of $300k as you allege.

You say accepting money from agents is legal, but unethical. It's ok to accept money from donors, including agents. But if PB is funneling money from his sports agents to families, he is probably breaking the law...and Southern Cal Allstars could lose its tax status.

I agree that Barrett is a small fish. He may even run a great program, as you suggest. Time will tell who will be proven right.

--Marc

Garrett Sanders

Thanks Marc. You make some great points, particularly about college coaches essentially doing the same as agents.

I doubt the NCAA and universities REALLY want to know what's really going on...like the Jack Nicholson character in A Few Good Men....You want the TRUTH??? You can't handle the TRUTH!

So do you think should be done to address these issues??

Milton Woodberry

What happened to kids just having fun while playing ball? Now any kid with a shred of athletic or photogenic talent is looked upon to subsidize a business. Parents, coaches, & agents gotta check themselves, and the kids have to be aware, too. Kevin Love apparently has some sense.

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