The NCAA Recruiting Rules Debate – Does the NCAA Need Recruiting Rules?

Read Sport Geek and Loyal Homer’s opinions.



I can hook it up so that you can meet Sports Geek face to face! Exciting, isn’t it?! I KNOW! Well, I can make that happen for you. All YOU have to do is commit to reading our site every day for the next year. If you can do that for us, I can make your WILDEST dreams come true!!!

Okay, maybe meeting Sports Geek isn’t one of your wildest dreams (sorry to crush your ego, Sports Geek), but it seems like there’s been a lot of recruiting wheelin’ and dealin’ going on in the NCAA lately, and I just felt like joining in on the fun!

The NCAA has been handing down penalties to some of the major sports programs in college athletics. Allegations of recruiting violations are flying around, and someone’s going to lose an eye if people don’t start being more careful!

Let’s run down the NCAA recruiting drama of the past few weeks:

  1. Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari and the Memphis Tigers – Calipari is currently under investigation for “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” on a player’s SAT exam from the 2007-2008 season. It is believed that the player in question is current Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose.
  2. Tim Floyd resigns from USC – Under allegations of bribery in the recruiting of current Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo in 2007, Tim Floyd decided to step down from his position as the head coach of the USC Trojans Men’s Basketball Team.
  3. The Alabama Crimson Tide must vacate football wins – Following reports that student-athletes – from 16 different athletic programs within the University of Alabama – participated in a textbook scandal, several punishments were leveled on the Crimson Tide. The most severe of these penalties is reserved for the football program, which will be force to vacate 21 wins from the 2005 season through the 2007 season. The school is also being placed on probation until June of 2012.

While those have been the most recent examples of excitement stemming from recruiting violations, let’s not forget some of our favorites. We have The Ohio State University’s spree of 13 reported violations during the 2007-2008 school year. Is it just me, or did people magically forget about the alleged recruiting violations regarding New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush at USC. (It’s beginning to seem like USC running backs can even get away with murder, right O.J. Simpson?!… thanks for that one Nick!)

Whatever your violation of choice, it seems there is a recruiting violation on the market for everyone right now. With all of these violations, we here at TSD World Headquarters began asking ourselves :

“Should the NCAA even BOTHER with these recruiting rules anymore?” (nice segue, huh?!)

With the seemingly constant barrage of new violations, claims of bribery, no-show jobs, free textbooks, SAT cheating, two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese… sorry, I lost control for a moment…

Anyway, with all the reports of violations, it begs the question of whether or not these rules serve their intended purpose. So, our crack squad of debaters has assembled here at TSD, and we intend to find out!

Sports Geek will argue that, yes, the rules do still serve a very valuable purpose.

Loyal Homer will argue that, no, the NCAA shouldn’t even bother with these rules because they aren’t being followed anyway.

With that, the debate begins (although the ruling can be bought for a dozen Krispy Kreme’s!).

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7 Responses to The NCAA Recruiting Rules Debate – Does the NCAA Need Recruiting Rules?

  1. Mr. Doots says:


    I have a solution to this whole recruiting nonsense. The NCAA needs to start a draft for basketball and football. Kids 14 and up could declare themselves eligible for an NCAA draft. The NCAA could hold it on a Saturday. They could make it last at least 12 rounds. They could hype the sh*t out of it weeks in advance. They could have mock drafts on ESPN that nobody cares about. I am totally serious about all of this.

    Mr. Doots.

  2. Mr. Doots says:

    Anything before a kids 15th birthday is probably too soon. Developmentally, so much (or in my case – so little) can happen between the ages of 15 and 17 that you run the risk of wasting your time on a kid who will never fully develop.
    I have read accounts of NCAA scouts showing up at Pop Warner football games. Crazy.

    Mr. Doots.

  3. Loyal Homer says:

    I think 15 is too soon also!!! When is the madness going to end? I want to say I have heard of 9th grade recruits committing that early in basketball. Seems like that happened with Kentucky!

  4. bobbygee says:

    This is big business. Pay the kids. The NCCA makes millions of dollars off of these kids. Follow the money… Bobby Gee check out my blog.

    • Sports Geek says:

      Interesting point, and I feel this opens up to an entirely new debate. But, don’t you consider scholarships, book expenses, meal stipends, etc. payment for this kids?

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