With all this Nick Saban-inspired, agents-are-pimps talk lately, the underbelly of the NCAA beast has been squarely in the spotlight lately. But that's college football. Want to see a sport with a real moral gray area?â†µ
Look no further than the AAU summer basketball circuit. And over at ESPN, Dana O'Neil surveyed 20 college basketball coaches with a series of questions about recruiting in the sport:â†µ
What is your least favorite part of summer recruiting? â†µâ†µ
"What don't I like? All of it. I don't think there should be summer recruiting, period. They want to clean it up? Get rid of it.''â†µ
"I'll tell you another problem -- 70 percent of the kids we're sitting here watching should be in summer school. They shouldn't be here.''â†µ How many of your peers do you trust? â†µ
"I grew up in this game with an idea of what I thought it was or what I thought it should be. Now I see it's not like that at all. You have low- to mid-major guys aspiring to move up who will do anything to get there and you have guys who, once they get used to a certain lifestyle, will do whatever it takes to keep it.''â†µ How often during the recruitment of a player does someone -- a coach, a parent, someone else -- ask for something in return? â†µ
"It happened to me this morning,'' one coach said. "I had a guy try to hand me a résumé, get them a job.''â†µ
The candor she encountered was refreshing, but eye-opening. And really, if there's anyone out there clinging to faith in the NCAA's chastity, read the full article. Acknowledging the problems is the first step to finding a solution.