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College Sports Recruiting: Getting out of hand?

Cheating, lying, illegal gambling, and rule breaking has always been a dark part of sports, but as they years, decades, and centuries have gone on has it gotten better or worse? Intercollegiate sports are a past time that has long been apart of American history, and like all other sports since the beginning of time, ethics are a big part of the game.

 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (the governing body over all college sports) has thousands of rules, pertaining to 89 championship sports. Arguably, division one football and Men’s basketball are the two flagship sports, and with that comes scrutiny from society, and a lot of responsibility. So to keep a grip on the ethics of college sports, the NCAA has rules that stem from what players are allowed to do, consume, and their conduct during their tender as a collegiate athlete, to rules that oversee the recruitment process of athletes while still in high school. If these rules aren’t followed, the repercussions damage not only the program, but the university, the NCAA, and college sports as a whole, so there are steep penalties for those who do not follow the rules in place.

 

High school recruitment is a pivotal part of college sports, because if teams did not constantly search for new talent, they would not be able to have continuous success. As the years have gone by, and college basketball and football have grown to be almost as big as the professional sports, the competition between high school athletes to be recruited has heightened along with the schools’ need for the best players possible. So in order to do that teams must ‘wine and dine’ these athletes, all under NCAA rules of course, to be able to get them at their schools, but this is where mostly all of a school’s violations come into play.

 

In early October, Katina Powell, an escort, came out with a book detailing how the University of Louisville committed many infractions. Powell goes into how Andre McGee, Director of Basketball Operations at UofL from 2010-14, paid her almost $10,000 for her to provide dancers for potential recruits. There is an ongoing investigation into this situation, and there is no doubt that many reputations will be smeared along with it, but what are a companies like the NCAA and universities to do to deter these violations, so that their name is not continually dragged through the mud when scandals like this flood the media?

Legendary Head Coach of the Louisville Men’s Basketball team, Rick Pitino, claims to know nothing about scandal.

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