Interview with Mark Yost author of Var$ity Green and here's his conclusion:
"It is clear that when the decision comes down to academics versus athletics, some schools have chosen athletics to the detriment of their overall student body,"
A Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics.
Some interesting numbers in the piece: March Madness brings in $6.1 billion to NCAA (so one can easily understand the enthusiasm of the folks in Indianapolis for expansion of the field); only 3% of high school basketball players earn Division I scholarship and only 2% of that 3% (.0006) will earn money playing basketball. A quote from Jerry Tarkanian:
"9 of 10 major basketball programs cheat and the 10th is in last place"
I was somewhat amazed that during the discussion of high salaries for coaches and multimillion dollar practice facilities neither Calipari or UK was mentioned.