Jan 31 2013

College Sports Recruiting Scandals


The National College Athletic Association (NCAA) has the responsiblity for  over looking  athletic recruitments and athletic programs for a number of different sports, which include football and basketball, at colleges in U.S and Canada. The NCAA has three divisions or pools , each of these divisions have different  group  of colleges involved.

According to the NCAA recruitment procedure for football and basketball, coaches of college teams are allowed to make contact with players by posting NCAA learning information, application process information, questionnaires for study and sports camps to the potential recruits.

The colleges can get in touch with the possible recruits at an early age, and most colleges do this to prospects as young as in the seventh grade.

Contacting the prospects at a young can lead to a him / her accepting a  campus visit  . During their visits to the campus, the recruits can secure up to three gratuitous admissions to sporting events at numerous colleges, but they may only talk with the college coaches who persuade them to attend their college.

High school students, who play for their schools can verbally give their word to the college which they desire to attend, when they feel agreeable to the particular program. This commitment to the college is a non-binding agreement, which means the player has the right to change his mind  . Upon approval of the college and the prospect, the agreement is made binding with the player signing a National Letter of Intent.

Although the NCAA rules for college sport recruitments have been very uncomplicated and clear, there have been numerous recruitment scandals in the past to predict college football picks. In the 1970s and 1980s, the football team at Southern Methodist University publicly paid players to join and stay with the college .

In the same time the football team at Clemson University were charged with a number of violations. In the early 2000s, the University of Miami football team was allegedly offering prostitution to its players to join and stick around with the team.

Coming to basketball, there have been a number of events to project college basketball score predictions where college teams have been paying further amounts other than scholarships to prospects to play for their team.