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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 11/01/2011

Illinois congressman compares NCAA to Mafia

Rep. Bobby Rush (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)
In a congressional forum on college sports today in Washington, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) likened the NCAA to the Mafia in the way that it controls student athletes.

“I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the Mafia,” Rush said.

That’ll get some attention (as well as inevitable questions about who’s Fredo). He was speaking before a group convened to look at the impact of “back-room deals, payoffs and scandals” on college sports.

Rush spoke after mothers of student athletes complained of the poor treatment of their sons received after they suffered injuries.

The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request by the Associated Press for comment.

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