The NCAA has apparently joined the college basketball recruiting arms race by, well, bringing in its own recruits.
According to USA Today, the NCAA next month will double the size of its enforcement staff focusing solely on men's basketball, adding three new investigators to the team. (No word on if they're five-star caliber.)
Does that mean the NCAA's recent crackdown on possible rules violations involving football players and agents might begin to show up on the shady side of college basketball?
Based on comments from 1970s-era NCAA enforcement official Jim Delany to USA Today, who knows what kind of corruption might be exposed because of the beefing up of the NCAA investigations team?
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, a former NCAA enforcement director who has expressed particular concern about a culture of rules-breaking in major-college basketball, applauds the efforts but cautions, "You're seeing activity, but you don't know what the results are (going to be).. .. It's just noise until something happens one way or the other."
In basketball, he maintains the NCAA still has a long way to go. "There is a loss of confidence among many coaches that the rules are being complied with. The best way I can describe it is a sense of cynicism," he says.
"I'm talking about the corruption of the youth basketball program, the money that's used to influence recruiting. And ultimately the buying of players, either through third parties or through coaches or coaches and third parties -- agents. I can't tell you if it's three institutions or whether it's 15. But make no mistake about it; it's happening. ... It's a corruption issue."
So bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when the NCAA comes for you?