Fascinating article on basketball recruiting, focusing on Maryland coach Gary Williams. Maryland has gone downhill recently, largely because of an inability to haul in top-flight recruits. As the story points out, there's no reason they shouldn't be able to, except that Williams refuses to play the game that now characterizes recruiting.
"Williams believes he lost at least two local players because of cheating and cited three other cases in which cheating took place. Williams declined to detail his allegations because he would be 'run out of town.'
'Nobody has ever accused me of cheating in recruiting in my career,' Williams said. 'That is a good thing, supposedly. But people turn that around and say, 'He won't play the game.' You do it [my] way, and you are criticized for not cheating.'
Seems Beilein's another coach who avoids playing that game, emphasizing untouted recruits, coaching, and the system. Clearly, he's not as interested in playing the recruiting game as some others, and that's affected our ability to get recruits like Nate Lubick. (From what I hear, Georgetown was a little more *ahem* considerate when he visited there than Michigan was.)
I would LOVE, truly LOVE, to see what coaches like Matta and Calipari have done to draw all these 5-star recruits to their largely unheralded programs. Michigan got caught, and our program has changed entirely since then. But we're just the ones who got caught.