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Dana O'Neil has interviewed 20 high-profile college basketball coaches with some serious questions about the landscape of college basketball recruiting. With the promise of complete anonymity, some of the coaches freely speak their minds about what goes on and what's wrong with college basketball. More after the jump.
First off, this is an incredibly interesting read. It's quite insightful to see the coaches list off their stories, complaints and faith (or lack thereof) in the NCAA for the future. Some money quotes:
When asked "How many programs do you think are committing major violations? Secondary? And why does no one snitch?"
"One of my players [who left early for the draft] was working out with another top-five draft pick,'' a coach said. "They got to talking and my kid said something about not having money or whatever on campus. The other kid said, 'My coach set up expense accounts all over town for me. Yours didn't?'''
"If you snitch, you're Abar Rouse [the former Baylor assistant who taped the phone conversation with then-coach Dave Bliss and has since been ostracized from coaching]. That's why no one talks. Plus, how do you prove it? I know stuff. I know stuff that is 100 percent happening right now, but the NCAA wants proof. How can I prove it?"
All of the coaches agreed that "agents and runners" were the biggest problem of college basketball today. One terribly interesting quote,
Another coach, who recently coached a top-five draft pick, said that every agent who came to sign his player offered the same thing: "If you sign with me, I'll deliver you this guy and that guy. Every single one of them is tied to an AAU team. Every one. They cook the deal with the AAU coach. He gets the kid on campus and then cuts a cut.''