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March Madness

Posted: March 18, 2014 9:10 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2014 5:00 a.m.

For Kershaw County sports fans, like those across the country, few events can surpass in excitement the annual NCAA college basketball tournament, which has been known as March Madness for many years. (Well, here in the Palmetto State, the South Carolina-Clemson football game sits at the top of the list.) But this year, the tournament takes place amid much uncertainty regarding the basic structure of college sports.

A long-anticipated lawsuit was filed earlier this week challenging the NCAA and several major conferences, including the SEC and ACC. Filed by four former college athletes -- one of them ex-Clemson football player Martin Jenkins -- the suit charges the NCAA and the conferences are an “unlawful cartel” which illegally restricts and earning power of football and basketball players while earning millions of dollars off their efforts. Other similar suits have been filed, and athletes at Northwestern University are in the process of trying to start a union. The face of college athletics could change dramatically.

For now, Kershaw County fans can take pride in the “Big Dance” appearance of a team with local connections. Wofford is the second-smallest school to play division one basketball but is making its third tournament appearance in five years. The Terriers are coached by Mike Young, who is married to the former Margaret Green of Camden, so that gives even casual observers a reason to pull for Wofford as it plays Michigan and attempts to be a giant slayer. We wish the Terriers luck.

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