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IAF Day 2: Panelists Disagree On Prospects For Basketball Reform

After all the emphatic talk on Day 1 of the Learfield Intercollegiate Athletics Forum about instituting reforms in men’s basketball, ESPN’s Jay Williams expressed doubt that the sport can be cleaned up, referencing the deep, murky waters of shoe company influence over prospective student athletes. During the opening panel on Day 2 of the conference, Williams said, “If you don’t have the knowledge of how that underworld works, how are you going to put restrictions on how that operates? The amount of money being funneled underground is ridiculous, it’s way more than the outside world knows about.”

Maryland AD Kevin Anderson was more optimistic, saying Dr. Condoleezza Rice is “the right person to lead this.” He also called the FBI investigation “just the tip of the iceberg.” AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco also expressed confidence in Rice, though he wondered if her committee’s recommendations will truly be acted upon. Knight Commission co-Chair Carol Cartwright said the NCAA “doesn’t have a great history” of taking bold recommendations and acting on them.