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Jay Bilas exposes NCAA website

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Jay Bilas is one of the NCAA's most vocal critics on Twitter, frequently pointing out the hypocrisy of the organization's amateur sports stance--the only people under the NCAA umbrella that aren't making windfalls of money are the players themselves. Tuesday, Bilas started a Twitter campaign demonstrating how the organization is profiting off the identities of individual athletes. And the NCAA took notice.

Bilas's Twitter campaign is particularly timely, as reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is at the center of a potential investigation into whether he accepted money in exchange for autographed memorabilia -- a clear violation of NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1, which could cost him his eligibility. He can't earn any money selling his jersey or signature, but the NCAA has made plenty of money selling Johnny Football-related memorabilia.

Here are a few examples of tweets Bilas sent out in a one-hour period. Remember, the NCAA says that it doesn't sell specific player jerseys, just generic ones with numbers.

You get the idea.

Two hours after the first tweets went out, the NCAA removed the search bar from the website, attempting to quickly solve its latest public relations mess. Of course, you can still search by following this URL-- http://www.shopncaasports.com/search/[insert last name here]--but the NCAA's fix was a temporary band-aid at best.

In addition to the looming Manziel case, The the entire business model of the NCAA is also at risk depending on the outcome of former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon's federal antitrust lawsuit against the organization. O'Bannon and other plaintiffs want compensation from the NCAA as the organization profits off their likenesses. Today's NCAA website search function expose is just the latest black eye for the organization.

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College athletes working for $$$

Most people, smart and dumb, will tell you till they're blue in the face that a full scholly athlete CANNOT work for pay. Completely untrue. Guys/girls can mostly definitely work a job as long as they are paid like their equals at said job. I will say that the typical kid can only work during the off-season, though.

Although I understand how

Although I understand how people can say it's not fair that some football players aren't paid as much money as they bring in, I don't see how it's any different, from a fairness standpoint, than other college athletes being paid more money (in the form of a scholarship and room and board) than they bring in. And most college athletes fall into that latter category.

Go Bilas!

A Tarheel continues to respect this former Blue Devil!

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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley
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