I'd like to know from the payor University and the recipient, what the $25,000 was for? The article points out that both are silent at this point.
When you start paying offsight guys for recruiting evaluation work, but you know they do more than that, or worse you know that they actually have relationships with these players, be it mentor or camp coordinator, or you should have known with some dilligence, you are headed for trouble. You just can't go throwing money at people who you should have known have relationships with players you are recruiting.
I would be real hesitant to just scoff at this as nothing.
Plus they are west coast, not SEC. The NCAA likely won't think twice about making a big example of them. There won't be the worry about a law suit or SEC football powers not playing ball.