And, just to clarify, “South Florida” refers to the geographic area of the state, not the university.
Anyway, the NCAA has been very busy these days, what with the issues at Ohio State… and Tennessee… and North Carolina… and Auburn… and Oregon taking up a good chunk of their time. Now, according to one report, the Association has another item on its plate, and it involves several schools — including two mentioned in the previous sentence — and their attempts at plowing the fertile recruiting grounds of the Sunshine State.
While the details are relatively scant, the Sun Sentinel‘s David Hyde is reporting that NCAA investigators are headed to South Florida, the paper writes, “to look into the recruiting of several high-school football stars and the methods of several colleges in doing so.”
The colleges whose recruits have caught the attention of the NCAA? Ohio State, LSU, Auburn and Tennessee, Hyde reports. It’s unclear if those are the only schools involved, but Hyde does not that the three dominant programs in the state — Florida, Florida State and Miami — are not under the NCAA’s microscope, at least not yet.
A source told Hyde that “[t]he schools [mentioned above] have been successful for years in getting players out of South Florida, and enough red flags have been raised about money changing hands in the recruiting process to merit the investigation.” The names of specific recruits, or even whether they were past/present/future recruits, were not mentioned in the brief item.
In addition to the recruits themselves, high schools officials, street agents and seven-on-seven tournaments will also be of interest to the NCAA and could face questioning from the Association.