College Basketball: Why Fans and Critics Are Not Fazed by Recruiting Violations

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College Basketball: Why Fans and Critics Are Not Fazed by Recruiting Violations
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It seems like every week, a different college basketball program or coach is accused of NCAA recruiting violations. 

Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies lost almost an entire starting five because the team was banned from the post-season for breaking NCAA rules. 

The Tennessee Volunteers lost the coach that was supposed to bring the program back to national prominence and is now rebuilding.

But with the ever-increasing number of programs that are accused and convicted of disobeying the NCAA, more and more fans and critics simply sigh and move on.

Such is the world of college athletics.

Recruiting violations are blasé.

It has happened a million times and it will happen a million more. There is simply no point in paying attention anymore. 

But what is at the root of college basketball fans’ sudden nonchalance?

In trying to crack down, the NCAA has actually managed to give its own policies less weight.

Here’s why.

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