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Was this happening in college sports back in the 70s and 80s?? I know AAU wasn't huge then and maybe not even a thing, but man, I miss the days when I just thought guys wanted to go to certain schools and play for certain coaches. All of these events are really damaging the allure of college basketball for me. Ignorance truly is bliss.
I have friend who was a trainer at State under Herb. He says even the mid tier players were getting cash.
I wonder, do Duke and UNC-Ch discuss these things openly on their boards, does Clemson do the same?
Go read some other boards. I have. All schools fans are the same. Humans are fundamentally the same. The difference in some of the boards is how they are run, and the moderation with them. Some sights have draconian deletion policies to ensure a curated message, just like there are different media outlets who present different messages. Those sites are about as credible as some of those media outlets.What I find most hilarious is the belief that some communities have that being behind a paywall makes for insiders. That's a joke. It's not some clandestine illegal poker match where you have to be vetted before you show up. It's "inside" to anyone who is willing to pay $30 a year, which any FBI investigator or reporting doing an investigation will trivially do. So I think it's hilarious when the free side is heavily moderated and what's behind the pay wall is not. All that is about is driving people to pay, not about getting to a curated message (and some sights are like that).I honestly don't care if NCAA sports gets canceled forever -- at least football and men's basketball. This mess is corrupt, dirty and we're at the bottom of the pecking order in our division, facing massive, institutionalized cheating machines and incredibly deep coffers. Heck, it'd be better off for us if the entire thing were completely turned off for a couple of years, reworked with massive oversight and auditing, and possibly re-introduced.And if you want to know why NC State sports sites are more "honest," I think it's largely because we know the realities of the stacked deck. UNC/Duke benefit from hiding all that dirty laundry, but they are ALLOWED to benefit. If people think they personally gain, then they play along (much like IPTAY). If they don't, then they won't. I don't see how NC State has benefited from the current rules structure in almost any macro way since about 1989.