There is too much amazing material in Taylor Branch's Atlantic piece about the NCAA for us to handle it all at once, so we're just going to keep pulling shiny gems from the treasure trove whenever a new one catches our eye. So: The piece begins with a scene in 2001 where legendary shoe-company fixer Sonny Vaccaro tells a bunch of eminent college-athletics officials that they're all for sale and he's going to buy them. This is very offensive to the proper-thinking NCAA folks:
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