The last thing Duke Blue Devils fans ever expected to see was former star shooting guard JJ Redick congratulating the North Carolina Tar Heels on a National Championship.
That hasn't proven to be the major takeaway from what Redick tweeted in the immediate aftermath of Monday night's title game, though.
Congrats to UNC. Seriously. Also- every player on the court tonight should have been paid. Scholarships don't count. Don't @ me.— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) April 4, 2017
And thus, the Los Angeles Clippers guard revived one of the biggest ongoing debates in the sporting world.
At the end of the day, the NCAA is making billions of dollars just from the NCAA Tournament. A model where players who made the NCAA Tournament - or made it to a certain stage of the Big Dance - earned some of that television revenue would be intriguing.
Then again, it could cause the disparity between major schools who go every year like North Carolina and small schools like Mount St. Mary's to grow even further, creating an unfair gap in play and pay.
JJ Redick has joined the growing chorus in favor of pay for college athletes. Something needs to get done soon.