I was listening to the radio this morning and a caller was complaining that Michigan Football has limited access to the program by Michigan High School coaches. Sam took umbridge with the caller and stated that the coaches only need to contact the University and they can have access to most every practice held as well as bringing prospective recruits to games. The University of Michigan has gone to High School coaches conferences and provided food, drinks, etc. to keep in the "good graces" of the coaches.
I have a question regarding coaches and recruiting and I am posting here because I don't know the answer. At any time can a coach be considered a booster?
I think back to Michigan's past experiences with Ed Martin. He was given court-side seating, special access, and he delivered players to Michigan. How is a coach any different?
If the University is providing food and drinks and access to the coaches, what's next, box seats? Season tickets? I don't know, but to me it seems like a slippery slope. We have to be very careful of what we do as boosters and fans not to have a violation in recruiting an athlete. Does the University have a similar standard or does it not matter as long as they are not recruiting a specific athlete?
Many athletes look to their coaches for advice on schools and I believe having a good relationship with coaches is important, but how does the University keep the coaches in check? Thanks for any response.