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Published: Tuesday, June 25 2013 6:18 p.m. MDT

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giantfan
Farmington, UT

Doug,

I agree that there needs to be a little more common sense applied to these rules but at the same time where do you draw the line? You know that whatever leeway is given to interpretation of rules, coaches, recruiters, etc. are going to abuse the heck out of them. For example, a second call to a recruit to ask directions turns into three, four and more under the guise that "their house is really hard to find!"

I love college football for one simple reason: amateurism. I believe it's more pure than professional sports and therefore more intriguing. You know, athletes playing more for love of the game and/or love of the team/program than for love of the paycheck and love of self. I believe the NCAA should do all it can to preserve that. Again I ask, where do you draw the line?

SDM2010
Las Cruces, NM

Giantfan,

Although I am sure most college athletes love the sports they play, most college athletes I have met play college sports for two reasons.

1. They have a dream that they will do it professionally one day.

2. They are playing for the scholarship.

Advancement and money, really advancement could be looked at as for the money as well. Amateurism is a myth. Some play for the glory but most for the dream of money and fame or for actual money and fame. The NCAA is a bloated bureaucracy that protects the athletic monopolies. College sports is nothing more than a perpetual money grab. Athletic departments work for success so they can have a bigger budget, get paid more, and have more success. Besides entertainment what do college athletic departments do for schools? It is not like large money making athletic departments are making large contributions that lower the cost of tuition or fees at their respective universities. Maybe token payments here or there but nothing substantial. Athletic departments exist to succeed so those involved may make more money off of the success. Education is not part of the goal and has not been for years.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Didn't Boise State get nailed recently for dropping a Tennis recruit off at the airport on her way home from her official visit?

I think schools should be allowed to drop a recruit off at the airport on their way home.

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