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Jay Bilas can declare victory. NCAA don Mark Emmert just said "uncle":


Man, this is great. It took two days to force the NCAA to decide to vacate its store shelves. But look closely at what Emmert's really saying here: Yeah, you guys caught us with our hands in the athletes' pockets, but never mind us. That liability now belongs to the schools and to the Collegiate Licensing Company. Pay no attention to the fraud behind the curtain.

Update (5:37 p.m.): And here's the full statement from HQ in Indianapolis:

"Moving forward, the NCAA online shop will no longer offer college and university merchandise. In the coming days, the store’s website will be shut down temporarily and reopen in a few weeks as a marketplace for NCAA championship merchandise only. After becoming aware of issues with the site, we determined the core function of the fan shop should not be to offer merchandise licensed by our member schools."


Photo credit: Associated Press

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