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NCAA should watch for its own Donaghy

Refpic The Tim Donaghy scandal has clearly rocked the NBA and it should serve as a major warning to the NCAA as well. No event could be more prone to fixing than the NCAA Tournament, given all the money that's wagered on it every year. Seriously, do you know anyone who is NOT in a bracket pool?

All the way through the Final Four, teams sit through anti-gambling lectures so you know the NCAA has always been concerned about it. But players usually want to win (OK, Memphis in 1985 is the rare example). Still, I've always felt if you wanted to fix an NCAA game or perhaps even a Final Four contest, the best way to do it would be through a game official.

Several leagues are already saying they're going to take a tougher look at their officials and maybe start background checks. Mid-American Conference commissioner Rick Chryst told Rodney McKissic at football media day Monday in Detroit that the MAC is thinking about joining that group. By the way, I don't think for a minute MAC officials are on the take. From what we've seen on the basketball court at UB over the years, they're just plain incompetent.

Right about now, however, I think David Stern would take incompetent officials over what he's dealing with.

---Mike Harrington

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