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Yesterday the NCAA announced that Louisville must vacate it’s 2013 championship.

In its eight-page decision released Tuesday, the NCAA Infractions Appeal Committee argued that it held “legislated authority” to force Louisville to vacate its records and pay a financial penalty given the direct involvement of an institutional staff member and the amount of major violations committed.

Louisville becomes the first program in modern NCAA history to vacate a national championship.

The program was also stripped of 123 wins dating from 2012 to 2015 after an NCAA investigation found that a member of the coaching staff had provided prostitutes and strippers to players and recruits. Louisville also must pay the NCAA roughly $600,000 in fines.

Former Louisville alumni fired back at the NCAA in response to the news.

LaVar Ball is a Smart Man

Now how does this relate to LaVar Ball? Kyle Kuzma said this on twitter last night.

This has been a huge problem between the NCAA and it’s players. LaVar Ball saw this and decided to do something about it. He invented the Junior Basketball Association. The JBA was established as an alternative route for top amateur players to play professionally without having to compete at the college level for no money. Players salaries will range from $3,000 to $10,000 per month for the season. 

“The JBA will cater to the top ranked high school basketball prospects in America,” Ball said, “Getting these players is going to be easy. The league gives guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids. For decades, the NCAA has run a business that has exploited thousands of teens, while college institutions, coaches, media conglomerates, and corporate sponsors have all profited from the model. The JBA is a long-awaited solution to this ongoing problem.”

Kyle Kuzma speaking out on this is bigger than you think. Remember who Kuzma’s best friend is? It’s LaVar’s son, Lonzo Ball. You can expect NBA players to start showing their approval of the JBA. Also they will most likely help in recruiting the top players.

The JBA’s future is looking brighter as the NCAA continues to be under fire for their ‘unpredictable’ way of handling things.

Ethan Carter