Originally Posted by Highlifeman21
Where there's smoke, there's always fire.
No one could look me in the face and tell me with absolute certainty that 100% of all Division I major sports programs are 100% squeaky clean. Football and basketball have the biggest bidding wars for major recruits, and it's a trickle down effect to top prep athletes in other sports as well.
Boosters have way way way too much influence in where recruits enroll these days, and you have to be ridiculously naive to think that athletes aren't getting some sort of compensation to persuade them to attend certain schools. Sure, you're gonna have your "pure" kids that want to go to a program for the right reasons (academic potential, campus environment, a coach, prestige of the program, immediate playing time, location to home, etc), but those kids really are in the minority of all Division I athletes that play the big revenue generating sports.
This isn't a bash on OSU, but rather an acknowledgement that they are in the majority with other "dirty" schools with big name sports programs.
Do I like OSU? No.
Do I think OSU runs clean programs? Absolutely not.
Do I think they are the only school engaging in activities against the NCAA rules? Oh hell no. They are just one of many many many.
I tend to believe what you say here. I think boosters have a great influence on a lot of recruits, and that's unfortunate. I really, really want to believe that all colleges are squeaky clean and legit, but I know that's just being extremely naive.
What's not fair (and I admit it) is when schools are on a big-time run (as OSU football and basketball are) and are pulling in topped ranked recruits and people bash only that school for being able to land those recruits.
Is OSU "dirtier" than any other prestigious D1 school? They could be, but I have no proof of that, and I doubt they are anyway.
Do I think all school are dirty? Probably, but I don't have proof of that either.
So, if all schools are just as "dirty" as OSU there's really no reason to single out and bash OSU for their successes, other than it's fun for a little while to see their fans get all riled up.