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Josh Childress: 'I Know Guys Who Took a Pay Cut' Going From the NCAA to NBA

HERO Sports logo HERO Sports 10/11/2017 Andrew Doughty
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Josh Childress played at Stanford from 2001-04.

Former Stanford star and current NBA journeyman laughed at the NCAA's creation of a Commission of College Basketball to "fix a system that clearly is not working."

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Two weeks after news of the widespread college basketball scandal rocked the sport, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced he secured the endorsement of the NCAA Board of Governors and Division I Board of Directors create a commission that will evaluate all aspects of the college basketball.

"Individuals who break the trust on which college sports is based have no place here," Emmert said. "While I believe the vast majority of coaches follow the rules, the culture of silence in college basketball enables bad actors, and we need them out of the game."

Condoleeza Rice will chair a group that will focus on, among other items, the "relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities," which includes apparel companies, agents and external advisors.

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While it's clear this a much-needed review after revelations that an adidas employee collaborated with coaches to make payments in exchange for player commitments, they are late to the party, one that Childress says is laced with improper benefits.

"I know guys who took a pay cut when they made it to the league," he tweeted on Wednesday. "But anyway, good luck. It won’t be easy. Maybe just pay the players instead."

Childress, who played three seasons at Stanford and was the sixth pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, is not the first former player to say he or other players were paid, but it's still another reminder of the issues facing a hypocritical and inconsistent organization.

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