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Today's turn-your-stomach moment

So it turns you can put a price on common decency.

The price is $475,000.

For that, Rutgers sold common decency, not to say integrity, to the wind. It gave Mike Rice, who abused his players and disgraced both his profession and his employer, almost half-a-million dollars as a cash reward for those dubious services. They'll say it was just so he would go away, but frankly, in the end, it all works out to the same thing.

Rice got half-a-mill. And the student-athletes who were subjected to him got zip -- or, in the case of the students who fled his abuse and were forced by the NCAA to sit out a year as a result, less than zip. Unless you count the insult piled atop injury.

Yeesh. What a racket.

Ben Smith's blog.