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My last word on Bubba

By mrasor Published: January 26, 2006

Men's basketball

I've really had my fill of Bubba Walther talk. So I'll give my final word, barring further happenings...

Yes, I propped this story to be something important, and it is. A lot of people were disappointed that we didn't connect the dots. It's not an open-and-shut case. And most people wanted it that way. As responsible journalists, we cannot convict Walther and Townsend because it's just not that easy.

Instead, it's unlikely you can nail the coach and Walther for an NCAA violation. If they wanted to lie, nothing could stop them.

I said this was an infraction, if proven, of Chris Webber and Troy Smith proportions. I stand by that.

No, ESPN will not focus on it for hours if Akron pursues an investigation. But you better believe that if this happened between more prominent programs (say, Duke and North Carolina), ESPN would be all over it.

Chris Webber and Troy Smith both took money as college athletes. An OU coach may have recruited a rival's player while he still was in the lineup.

Forget the national media coverage, what is worse to you?

I believe it is the latter because there is an obvious victim: Akron. (although some say Akron is better without Walther anyhow)

That's all I have to say. Feel free to sound off about this in my comments section. That's what it's for.

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