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    Can Corruption Be Rooted Out of College Basketball?

    This fix is in. After recent FBI arrests of coaches, agents and shoe company executives for buying off high school recruits, observers have fiercely debated the role the NCAA should play in regulating a recruiting process dominated by the Amateur Athletic Union and anonymous bags of cash. Commissions have been established to clean things up, but the problem is deeply ingrained. Many worry that major change isn’t likely as long as sponsors with deep pockets keep hosting tournaments to discover and manipulate talent as early as the fourth grade.

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