AA Podcast #67 – Jay Bilas, ESPN

In today's podcast we welcome one of the brightest minds covering sports and a lead college basketball analyst for ESPN, Jay Bilas. The former Duke player not only works in the College GameDay studio and calls games for ESPN, but also serves as an NBA Draft analyst. And he has one of the must-follow Twitter accounts in sports featuring his calls for NCAA reforms and Young Jeezy tweets. In this in-depth podcast, we chat with Jay about…

-The Bill Raftery-sized hole in his life and his best Raft story.
-Balancing his work in the booth, studio, and the draft.
-Whether or not he's working on new vocabulary for the Jay Bilas drinking game.
-Which issue is most affecting the institutional structure of the NCAA.
-How the free market might be the best solution for fixing what's wrong with amateurism.
-Whether he's ever been told by the NCAA or ESPN to tone down his criticism.
-Comparing the sensational freshman trio – Julius Randle (UK), Jabari Parker (Duke), and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
-The value of a strong early season schedule and how the college basketball regular season compares to college football.
-Rules changes in college basketball to make it a more appealing product. We discuss a 24 second shot clock in the men's game that could greatly improve the pace of play.
-A bit on Ohio State, VCU and mid-majors. Also, whic coach is the next Brad Stevens. Is there one?
-Under what scenario would he finally follow someone on Twitter.

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