Recruiting Violations in College Sports Essay

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Sports are extremely popular around the world and only get more popular as time goes on. Sports is on television (TV), in the news, in the newspaper, and online. It only makes sense that this is the case. A sporting event is the ultimate drama. The variability of a game is what gets people so into it. Sports can tell a story, and teach great life lessons as well as inspire people. If sports are that important to the people around the world who watch it, just think about how important sports are to the ones who actually play it and coach it. It is their passion, their persona, their life. With the media’s harsh expectations of teams today, unless a team wins a championship, they are deemed unsuccessful. Since expectations are so high, …show more content…
In their effort to compete with other programs, coaches push the boundaries of recruiting. This is a huge problem in college sports that desperately needs fixing. For this problem, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has set strictly enforced rules for behavior like this. It is a very complex, broad set of rules. The purpose of these rules is simple. These rules are meant to encourage fair recruiting and too discourage offering incentives to collegiate athletes. Recruiting laws in the NCAA are very particular. Every program follows the same set of rules, however the rules vary slightly from sport to sport. First of all, besides monitoring what the coach offers an athlete, the NCAA monitors the amount/content of contact with athletes. Contacts with athletes are monitored by the NCAA heavily. A contact by definition is when a coach has any face to face contact with an athlete or an athlete’s parents on or off a college’s campus and says more than hello. A contact also occurs if a coach has any contact with an athlete or an athlete’s parents at that athlete’s high school or anywhere the athlete is practicing or competing. To give the athlete some space and to organize all contact, the NCAA has a contact period. A contact period is a time period where a college coach may have in-person contact with an athlete and their parents on or off the college's campus. The coach may also watch the athlete play or visit the

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