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A Q&A with Jay Bilas on the O'Bannon case and the NCAA

College basketball analyst Jay Bilas drew national attention Tuesday for exposing the latest example of the NCAA's hypocrisy. The embattled governing body of college sports claimed in recent court filings that it does not sell specific player jerseys and thus profit off of an athletes likeness—allegedly those jerseys are just generic representations of their respective schools.

Bilas blew apart that theory by demonstrating that you can enter a player's name into the search function for NCAA's online store and find replicas of the jersey he wears. For example, a search for Mason Plumlee leads to a screen full of Duke No. 5 jerseys and shirts. The same phenomenon occurs when searching for other prominent athletes, like Johnny Manziel, Nerlens Noel and many more.

Bilas's exposé comes at a particularly critical time for the NCAA, as the organization is dealing with a federal antitrust lawsuit that challenges its right to profit of an athlete's likeness and facing a potential investigation into allegations that Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, profited from selling his signature to multiple autograph dealers. Bilas spoke with the N&O about the above topics and the NCAA in general.

Wed., Aug. 8th update: NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the organization was exiting the jersey-selling business.

That was quite the Twitter sensation you had yesterday.

I didn’t intend for any of that stuff to happen. I just went to the site and tweeted about it when I saw it. Truth be told, what made it an issue wasn’t necessarily the points that were being made, it was as soon as the NCAA or whoever is running their site shut the search capability down.

Were you surprised you reacted as quickly as they did?

To foul or not to foul? Gottfried wouldn't change end-game strategy

N.C. State had two fouls to give at the end of Wednesday's game at Maryland.

Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried used one of the fouls and he said Friday that he thought he used what was the best strategy to win the game.

Maryland's Alex Len scored off a Pe'Shon Howard miss with 0.9 seconds left for a 51-50 win, but Gottfried was pleased with the shot his defense forced Howard to take.

"The truth of the matter is, Pe'Shon Howard took an off-balance, awful shot and shot an airball, which is what you would want to have," Gottfried said.

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