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Kylia Carter, mother of Duke’s Wendell Carter, compares NCAA athletics to slavery, prison

As her son gets ready to be a first-round draft pick, Kylia Carter has strong words for the current model.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Kansas vs Duke Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There are significant problems with the current college athletics model -- something the NCAA has seemingly acknowledged, but has also pushed off blame for and seems barely competent to correct.

Given the amount of money generated by college athletes today, it’s a worthwhile debate to see how to properly compensate the ones actually generating the interest and money (the players). On a recent panel about that very topic, Kylie Carter, the mother of former Duke Blue Devils standout Wendell Carter Jr., compared the NCAA’s system to slavery and prison.

I won’t impart judgement on how right or wrong that assessment may be. There’s certainly some benefit to the current system, in the form of a degree. But it’s also not enough to balance out the revenues generated for the schools, conferences and coaches. To Carter, that equates to slavery and prison, though it’s understandable that others may disagree with that assessment.

The rest of today’s Syracuse Orange-related links below:

Ex-Duke star’s mom blasts college basketball system, compares it to slavery and prison (Charlotte Observer)

“The problem that I see is not with the student-athlete, it’s not with the coaches and the institutions of higher learning, but it’s with a system like the only system I have ever seen where the laborers are the only people that are not being compensated for the work that they do, while those in charge receive mighty compensation.”

Police: Parents faked son’s cancer to get donations; boy visited SU football (

Deputies, acting on a tip, discovered that Martin and Jolene LaFrance solicited money under the guise that their son, CJ LaFrance, was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After a four-month investigation, the sheriff’s office ”conclusively” learned that CJ was never diagnosed with cancer or any other medical condition.

Syracuse lacrosse relishes Cornell rematch: ‘I’d love to get revenge against these guys’ (

“We want to get some payback. It (the first game) wasn’t a game that we thought we played, we executed well. We think we put a lot of effort out there but we don’t think we executed nearly as well as we wanted to,’’ said Orange goalie Dom Madonna. “So, being able to put a whole game together against them is going to be something a lot of guys are looking forward too.’’

If Notre Dame can navigate letdown games this time, 2018 could be huge (SB Nation)

There’s nothing saying Lea will be able to build on Elko’s progress, and while the offense has upside, there’s nothing saying Wimbush becomes a more successful passer with such turnover in the receiving corps. Depth at running back could backfire as well. Still, this is a loaded depth chart, balanced with senior leadership and young upside. The offense will be explosive, if sporadic, and the defense boasts a level of experience most coordinators dream of.

How Syracuse Found Hidden Gem Osunniyi (247Sports)

It didn’t take long for Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara to realize he was sitting on a potential hidden gem in the 2018 recruiting class. McNamara attended the Prep National Championship game featuring Putnam Science Academy to watch 2019 target Akok Akok. At least that’s what was reported publicly. Privately, there was another player on PSA that had also caught his attention.

Everything you could possibly want to know about college football coach fashion (SB Nation)

Syracuse women’s basketball will play in 2018 Cancun Challenge (

Sammy Fernandez struggles with self-doubt despite being Syracuse’s all-time hit leader (Daily Orange)

Riley Donahue drafted by Upstate Pride of Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (Daily Orange)

And today’s music selection: