Great article in the Washington Post today about the NCAA’s rules about fans being involved in college recruiting and how the line is being blurred. It has never been easier for the average fan to speak their opinions to the world and even obtaining media credentials isn’t that difficult (as I found out last March). The NCAA really comes down on coaches who so much as text a recruit one too many, but now you have to worry about fan sites and message board people directly contacting these guys. Even friending a recruit on Facebook or on another social media venue is against the rules if your a fan/alumni of the university. The article mentions a fansite run by a Georgetown fan (http://cuttingdownnets.wordpress.com/) who actively Facebook stalks potential recruits and “interviews” them, while making it obvious of his hopes they will sign with the Hoyas. I love Mason basketball and I get excited when I hear about potential recruits considering my alma mater but I’m not going to Facebook friend a 16, 17 year-old and try to persuade them to come to Fairfax. Not only is it against NCAA rules but I also don’t work for Mason and I don’t pretend to be a part of the athletic department or basketball program. These aggressive “superfans” give websites like mine a bad name because they don’t follow the rules. Isn’t there already enough corruption in college basketball recruiting?