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NCAA examining on-campus elite hoops camps

Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 11:47 am
 

By Matt Norlander

Basketball coaches know one of the most influential ways they can sway a prospect to come to their school is through an on-campus basketball camp. They get to show off the best their campus has to offer, plus there's the element of games, competition, where the player and the coach get to see how each other interacts and operates.

These camps happen regularly, and the allowances and benefits top prospects have received in the past while visiting a school in the summer for a few days went unchecked. That can lead to a Wild West mentality, of course, as nearly everything that's unregulated in college sports reaches a ridiculous, absurd threshold of handouts, freebies and illegal donations.

The NCAA has cracked down in recent years, and it's going to continue to do so, according to USA Today, mainly by showing up unannounced and observing/reporting what happens at these camps while they're there. This is a point of emphasis for the NCAA, one of many it's employing in an effort to keep up with programs trying to remain competitively ahead of the game, fairly or not.
"We want to instill some deterrence," [basketball enforcement director LuAnn] Humphrey said, "and show we are really serious about this camp issue."

Violations of these camp-related rules can bring suspensions for head coaches.

Humphrey declined to say how many camps might be visited, only that there will be "more" than last year, and the visits will "absolutely not be random enforcement" but a product of "strategic decisions" based on information the enforcement staff has been gathering the past two to three months.

The primary concern of the NCAA is how the recruit is treated -- top-tier prospects shouldn't and can't receive benefits other attendees aren't -- and if the recruit has a person with them being paid money to assure the coach that said recruit will attend the camp. It basically boils down to the NCAA not wanting this conversation to ever happen.

Coach: I'm looking for Joe Q 5-star to attend our camp this summer. I know you're close with him. Can you get him here?

Person of Influence: Sure, so long as you can guarantee me a few thousand dollars.

That's a big no-no. It can't directly put a recruit in hot water, but it can get coaches in trouble. This is basically the NCAA stepping into the room and wanting everyone to tuck their shirt in and act accordingly. Coaches won't love it, but it's no sweat off their backs if they're running camps cleanly and fairly. This a preemptive measure by the NCAA and one that needs to be taken to keep college hoops as sterile and balanced as possible during the offseason, when idle hands and minds all too often wander into trouble.

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Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:34 pm
 

NCAA examining on-campus elite hoops camps

How about this idea?--

Ban the on-campus camps altogether.   Ban college coaches from having their names associated with the camps or attending them.  That could do the trick.
That could possibly would work but they won't do that. To easy for one thing.

What I don't understand is that these people that represent or work for the NCAA that are charge of making the rules or enforcing the rules must think we're idiots.

I may be going out on a limb here but if was guessing then I would think that most, if not all of these people probably have some sort of higher education if not masters degrees and doctorates, yet they expect us to believe that they can't come up with simple solutions!?!?

Think about that. These are suppose to be smart people. Yet they act as if they can't add 2 + 2.



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:26 pm
 

NCAA examining on-campus elite hoops camps

How about this idea?--

Ban the on-campus camps altogether.   Ban college coaches from having their names associated with the camps or attending them.  That could do the trick.  

These camps are a farce anyway, using the marginal prospects as cover to recruit the 5-star guys. 



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:02 pm
 

NCAA examining on-campus elite hoops camps

Coach: I'm looking for Joe Q 5-star to attend our camp this summer. I know you're close with him. Can you get him here?

Person of Influence: Sure, so long as you can guarantee me a few thousand dollars.
So exactly what does this help or change other than the language in the conversation? For example:

Coach: I'm looking for Joe Q 5-star to attend our camp this summer. I know you're close with him. Can you get him here?

Person of Influence: Sure, so long as you can guarantee me a few thousand dollars.

Coach: Can't do that since it's a NCAA violation but I do have a couple of speaking engagements free during the camp if you'd like to be a guest speaker that includes a payment of a couple thousand each if you'd be interested in speaking for a couple hours to the kids about whatever subject you feel comfortable with like coloring within the lines 101.

Or perhaps the person of influence is already aware of the rules and simply states well coach I'd love to do you have any speaking engagements free during said camp? I'd be willing to speak for a nominal fee to cover my expenses of course.

Daniel Ortons daddy Larry Orton made several such stops during the summer of his sons senior year of high school and made several thousand dollars giving speechs to campers. Still legal as far as I know.



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