Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 5/5/13

In a story that is both EXPLOSIVE! and grimly predictable, USA Today has uncovered a money trail that leads to questions about Ben McLemore’s amateurism, nee, SHAMateurism (right?) during last season’s run to the Sweet 16. In the story, McLemore probably received money from a prospective agent that was funneled through Darius Cobb, McLemore’s AAU coach from St. Louis. Well, the part where the high-profile freshman actually received any money isn’t actually covered. In fact, the quite literal reading of the story (go ahead, try it out) just says that Cobb and one of McLemore’s cousins received money to steer the player towards Rodney Blackstock and his Hooplife Academy. I’m not entirely clear on what Hooplife Academy would do with that influence but it probably wouldn’t be a good look for the hopeful charity org and their quest to be North Carolina’s most trusted charity. Also, I’m unclear on why Richard Boyd (McLemore’s cousin) and Darius Cobb were taking free trips to Los Angeles. From a standpoint of NCAA eligibility and retroactive loss thereof, the only point of interest to the NCAA would be whether or not Boyd accepted money and gifts that he received as a result of being [...]

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