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Spurrier Lashes Out at Websites

There has always been a certain amount of skepticism by some involved with college sports, wondering about the role of unofficial mouthpieces several websites have taken for their schools they cover. Do they get special access? Are they given insider info to pass along to the fan base? When they talk to recruits, do they act as an intermediary for the school? And yet, nothing is ever said as it is difficult to find concrete evidence. But read into what Steve Spurrier had to say yesterday as he complained about operators of Internet sites for archrival Clemson sending negative articles to recruits.

Rivals.com and scout.com are mega-businesses. Combined, their operators make millions of dollars in an industry some say is without any watchdogs. Wonder why Rivals and scout don't make money covering pro teams? Certainly, there is as much or more interest in the NFL as there is in college sports. In the current marketplace, pro teams have turned to building their own websites as a source of information. But even in the past, this was not an avenue Rivals or scout went down.

Don't be surprised to see the NCAA try to bring some sort of regulation to this.

By Josh Barr  | July 30, 2008; 10:26 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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