Rep. Bobby Rush (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

“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.