Just saw part of the movie Blue Chips for the first time in a long time. I remember being so excited about seeing Shaq on the big screen as a kid (and Penny Hardaway, although it's hard now to use "excited" and "Penny Hardaway" in the same breath).
Anyway, it made me wonder what the real state of recruiting violation is in major college sports. People joke about it a lot, and rarely are official violations made or punished. Part of me is inclined to think that it's absurd to imagine that programs pay their players--just conspiracy theory. Another part of me, though, wouldn't be shocked if it were much more commonplace than is publicly assumed. What do you think about the regularity of cheating in basketball and football recruiting? We often joke(?) about OSU and USC paying players on this board, and people often get negged for it, so what does that mean: is it simply despicable to even assert that it happens or are we being naive?
Poor Nick Nolte, such internal conflict (forward to the 5:00 mark for the classic speech):