Paying for recruiting services — a perfectly legal practice — has obviously come into the spotlight in the last week due to the news that the NCAA is investigating Oregon’s payment to two men running such services. In Oregon’s case, the question is whether the Ducks were getting what they claimed to be paying for, or if the men involved were helping steer recruits Oregon’s way.
I’d gotten questions from people, however, about whether UW uses such services. The reality is that everyone does, and UW is no different.
I detailed what UW uses and how much it pays in a story for Tuesday’s paper.
Again, there’s no attempt here to equate what UW is doing with the investigation at Oregon. In light of the Oregon situation there have been lots of stories about what various schools pay for such services. The Oregonian recently detailed what Oregon State pays, and it sounds as if OSU and UW pay about the same money for about the same services. And as noted in my story, eight Pac-10 schools apparently use Digital Sports Video, for which UW reports it pays $25,000 a year (and I’d assume that might be a going rate).
So again, nothing wrong with UW is doing in this area, just thought it worth passing along given the sudden interest in this topic.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— CoachSark’s site details a recent visit to an elementary school by Sione Potoa’e and Thomas Tutogi.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller previews WSU as the Cougars open spring practice this week.
— Miller was also a guest recently on the Solid Verbal podcast.
All for now.