Originally Posted by JMT
Wooden didn't need to cheat. He had top recruits that had no choice but to stay, mature and grow their game for four years. Any comparison with today's college basketball landscape is absurd.
I wouldnt be too sure about that. When they did their investigation of UCLA in 1981 (which ended up with them vacating 2 years off their record and Final Four runs) the NCAA had up to 15 years worth of evidence regarding improper involvement with Sam Gilbert like IGotACoolStory mentioned. Gilbert bought them cars, clothes, jewellery and gave them "financial counselling" as well. There's an HBO documentary on the UCLA dynasty and it talks about him a bit.
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