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The Colorado Football Recruiting Scandal

Although things have quieted down in the past week or so, I don't think we've heard the last of the bad news from Boulder. Today ESPN is running a feature during SportsCenter about the use of sex and alcohol to lure recruits, and I think we can all be sure this type of recruiting isn't restricted to one school. Boys will be boys? Sure, if coaches and administrators choose to turn their heads and pretend things like this don't happen. But as Gary Barnett and others are finding out, when things go this wrong heads are going to roll, guilty or not.

Colleges and universities are going to need to find ways to protect themselves. After all, these are very young men and women they recruit, usually only 17 or 18 years old, and during the their visit it is the expectation that the university is responsible for the recruit's well-being. I think the next step is for the university to provide a full-time chaperone for each recruit. This chaperone would accompany the recruit everywhere - to the gym, to the field, on the tours, and even to the parties. We're not saying that the kid can't have a little fun, but no longer will his sole tour guide be another player who knows how to find liquor and women. The chaperone would always be nearby, looking out for the best interests of the player and university.

Hey, does anybody know if Larry Eustachy is looking for a job?

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