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NCAA investigators headed to South Florida

NCAA Investigators

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.

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11 Responses to “NCAA investigators headed to South Florida”
  1. fatcamper says: Jun 16, 2011 6:48 PM

    As a USF alum I have to admit you had me with the headline. With a middle of the road program I laughed at the thought of us having to pay for the guys we’ve got.

    On subject though, it does seem rather odd to see UF/FSU/Miami losing out on some of these kids. In the same position I think most people would have a hard time leaving their home state, friends, and family without being paid.

  2. seanb20124 says: Jun 16, 2011 6:49 PM

    Ummm make a uturn and head to Oregon ASAP

  3. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 6:59 PM

    Recruiting hijinks in South Florida hmmm? A tiny devil is whispering in my ear that she wonders if they somehow involve George Smith at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. But since the ex coach and current AD has been cordial the last couple of years, my better angels will let bygones be bygones.

  4. noaxetogrind says: Jun 16, 2011 7:46 PM

    Deb, not quite sure where you are going here. The vast majority of big time players out of that program have signed at either UF, FSU or Miami. I do seem to remember that Smith thought Alabama handled some things less than professionally as it relates to dismissing Shula. I am just glad that a person with integrity such as yourself, would never be one of those people who just because they didn’t like something somebody said about their favorite program, make some type of unsubstantiated insinuation.

  5. shamrock7326 says: Jun 16, 2011 8:26 PM

    Deb is bringing up the fact that Smith was basically busing kids up to OSU. The word got out and he “quit” abruptly. Ps the NCAA will find dirt on UF.

  6. soflatrojan says: Jun 16, 2011 8:27 PM

    The obvious player is Patrick Peterson. As for St Thomas I agree with Noaxe ot does seem like most those kids stay in state. Although I think ND has grabbed a few.

  7. Deb says: Jun 16, 2011 10:39 PM

    @noaxetogrind …

    Alabama hired an inexperienced, unqualified coach who ran the program into the ground. They finally decided to let him go and paid off his multi-million-dollar contract to do it. He left a rich man. Wish someone would treat me so unprofessionally. None of it had anything to do with Smith, but he was a buddy old man Shula, so he made a big public production of writing nasty letters to our president and AD and announcing that Alabama would never again be allowed to recruit at his school. Of course, he went back on that fairly quickly because when Bama sends a kid a letter, he can’t force the kid to ignore it.

    No, I’d never make an unsubstantiated accusation just because I think Smith is a world-class jackass. However since it’s south Florida, my lil inner devil was just wondering … as shamrock7326 said … if they were going to get caught in the web.

    But like I said, my better angels won and I don’t wish bad things for him. Really. :)

  8. chachooga says: Jun 17, 2011 12:07 AM

    Patrick Peterson (johnson during the recruiting period) was paid by LSU and left UM right before signing day. I was darn near public knowledge that Peterson GOT PAID!

  9. soflatrojan says: Jun 17, 2011 8:26 AM

    Deb,
    Smith is probably just upset that Alabama hasn’t paid to upgrade the facilities at STA like they have for other high schools. I know last year they upgraded some school near Orlando and landed the top two players at the school a 5* and 4*. Seems like this problem is easily correctable. Maybe the problem is STA already has nice facilities and Alabam can’t buy there way into the school.

  10. lakesidegator says: Jun 17, 2011 9:16 AM

    How doth Bama cheat?
    Let me count the ways.

    –Shookspear

  11. Deb says: Jun 17, 2011 1:31 PM

    @soflatrojan …

    Aww, lil Trojan … bitter much?

    Nope, events occurred just as I described them. Young Shula got a coaching shot he didn’t merit by talent or experience because he’s a good guy (I wouldn’t argue that) and Bama’s trustees wanted someone whose messes they wouldn’t have to clean up. But at some point, you’re over the shellshock of Mike Price at the strip club and the corruption of Mike Dubose and ready to field a winning program again. They did everything with Shula but stick his nose in the puddle, but he just couldn’t grasp that his job was on the line. And then it was gone.

    Guess I can’t blame the old man for being defensive. But if a program gave my kid a shot he didn’t merit and sent him packing with a check for millions, I believe I could at least pretend to have some class. Instead he acted like a jackass and goaded Smith into his ridiculous declaration. The silliest thing about it was that after Smith wrote the letters to our president and AD announcing that he’d never allow Alabama to recruit at STA again, he complained that they didn’t answer. What did he expect them to say? And next thing you know, Saban’s recruiters are right back on his campus. What a tool.

    @lakesidegator …

    Still feeling the sting of Timmy’s tears? :lol:

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