Big problems with the NCAA?

Kentucky coach John Calipari isn't all that pleased with how the NCAA does things. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Wildcats coach in his new book compares college sports' governing body to the last years of the Soviet Union, saying it has failed to change with the times. Calipari also proposes several changes, including allowing players to transfer without sitting out if their coach leaves, a $3,000-to-$5,000 stipend and more. What's your take?

  • What do you make of John Calipari comparing the NCAA to the Soviet Union in its latter years?

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  • How do you feel about the way the NCAA treats its athletes?

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  • Should the NCAA seek input from coaches such as John Calipari?

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  • Should college athletes be allowed to profit off their own names?

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  • Should college athletes be allowed to receive one round-trip flight home a year?

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  • What do you make of the $3,000-$5,000 stipend proposed by John Calipari?

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  • If a coach leaves a program, should players be allowed to transfer without sitting out?

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  • What chance do you give the NCAA as a governing body of ceasing to exist in your lifetime?

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Is Dirk Nowitzki an all-time great? Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle believes he is one of the 12 best players in NBA history. In February, though, the fans spoke -- and placed the Mavs' star forward dead last among the 21 options. Has your opinion changed, now that Dirk has moved up to 10th on the all-time scoring list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

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Billy Hamilton has been clocked going from home plate to first base at 3.3 seconds, which (if our math is correct) means that he's about as fast as an F-22 fighter jet. Math was never our strong suit. He might be even faster going from third to home -- he scored a run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals that only he could score. There are questions surrounding whether Hamilton can hit enough to stay in the major leagues, but if he keeps making plays like this, he just might earn a permanent spot on the Reds' roster fairly soon.

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