Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/21/14

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Everyone knows that cheating goes on in the world of college athletics, but no one knows to what extent. There are some who will tell you everyone does it. Others believe there’s no way their favorite coach could possibly stoop to that level. Whatever the case, the NCAA claims it is aiming to clean up college football and basketball — particularly the influence of sports agents on recruits. According to Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo, that’s going to require cleaning up about one-fifth of the game.

“I am not saying that cheating is 80% of the game,” Izzo told USA TODAY. “It’s probably 20%. But it’s probably 70% of the top 20% (of player recruitments). College basketball is a business. This (recruiting) is a business now because it leads to ours.”

In other words, most of the highly-sought-after recruits wind up where then wind up because of some form of cheating. At least, that’s what Izzo thinks. If you don’t believe that then you need to pay closer attention. Izzo also said he has lost many recruits because he refuses to cheat.

The NCAA is attempting to prevent another Cam Newton scandal by both changing its rules and cracking down on violations. For example, college basketball coaches can now send unlimited text messages to recruits. The truth of the matter is there are always going to be ways to get around the rules. If the NCAA is somehow successful in preventing one form of cheating, another will be born. In the age of technology, we all have to just accept that cheating is a part of the game.

 

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5 Comments:
  • "In the age of technology, we all have to accept that cheating is part of the game"

    Oh really? That is precisely one of the type of statements which is leading our sports programs to corruption and morally subverting athletics, coaches, and the athletes themselves! This eventually permeates the whole university and beyond. This statement, by the article's author is precisely why our country is heading down the slop of decay, corruption, and eventually ruin! It is a totally asinine comment in an otherwise revealing piece of news. Perhaps the saddest commentary is the fact that many people will agree that this is inevitable and cannot be cured, when, in fact, it can be stopped simply by making the penalties so harsh (banning from the game,stiff financial fines, etc.) that coaches,and the institutions they serve will not tolerate this behavior.
  • Why do "we all have to just accept that cheating is a part of the game."
  • Poor little izzo needs help polishing his halo. I'm sure his competition was never disappointed by losing one of the many highschool all-american recruits on his roster over the last 15 years, especially knowing he was SO clean and pure with the children. What an ass.
  • WAKE UP FOLKS. CHEATING IS AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN PART OF THE GAME. AS THEY USED TO SAY ON ONE SUCCESSFUL COFERENCE: IF YOU AIN'T CHEATIN, YOU AIN'T TRYING.
  • AND BY THE WAY, GSILO65 HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD.
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