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Coaches Stay In Front of NCAA Enforcement

This is a terrific read on the history of college athletics recruiting and how coaches have always tried to stay one step ahead of the NCAA and its predecessors. There's mention of then-Oklahoma assistant Barry Switzer virtually living with a quarterback prospect. Tales of how Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia were among seven schools threatened with expulsion from the NCAA for violating a "Sanity Code." And how the NAIA's College of Idaho started the trend of admitting athletes with lower academic credentials in order to bolster the school's sports teams.

My favorite tale, though, is of then-Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel taking a limo to a recruit's house and idling in the street while he called the player during a time when face-to-face contact was prohibited. Neuheisel argued that he did not break the letter of the law.

By Josh Barr  | June 24, 2008; 10:34 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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