My post wasn't meant to call out Wooden on recruiting improprieties , I'm just saying it was really unfair to teams in the pac 8 or elsewhere who had to play UCLA and had to deal with the refs licking Woodens balls to please him so they could continue to ref on the big stage......but it will say the Gilbert thing is interesting ,although it seems we will never get to the bottom of that issue because nobody seems interested in really finding out anything.....<quoted text>Tainted? reeeeeeeeeally? The John Wooden teams were never on placed on probation.
The NCAA investigated, and according to them they either found nothing, or nothing warranting sanctions. The USC football program WAS found guilty of violations in those years win which they seemed unbeatable...I know you're going to ask, "how did that make Reggie a better player? it's not like he took steroids" - me response would be,'USC knew about the infractions, and did nothing, winning became more iportant'.
Do you remember DeShawn Foster? he showed up to school one day in a brand new SUV - what did UCLA do? the dismissed him from the team, EVEN IF he was the star of the program, playing by the rules, and protecting the integrity of the UCLA program became more important...something that apparently is not as important at USC.
Am I saying the UCLA players never received gifts from Sam Gilbert? no I am not saying that at all. But what I conted is, the severity or degree of those "infranctions" may not have been to the degree of other programs that got major sanctions. How many of us that tail gate at the Rose Bowl or Trojan fans at the Coliseum, are guilty of offerig food to the players once the game is over and they are making their way to find friends, family, or simply wating for the bus to depart to their destination albeit, Hotel, Airport, or back to the campus, the players always accept food or a soda after the games, shouldn't this also be an infraction? but why isn't being inforced? probably because it's so minute, and petty the NCAA ignores it.
Being a Trojan fan, I'm sure you are aware of Marv Goux, he was funneling money to the USC players from the Alumni and Boosters in the late '60s and 70's, the NCAA found USC guilty and were placed on probation...receiving $$$ and cars is very different from dinners, and small stuff. Unless you can post something on here that says UCLA/Wooeden were found found guilty of anything, I will dismiss your allegation as "hear-say".
...Oh BTW--did you see that clown(Shabazz)jumping up and down clapping his hands for the ball while Drew was trying to convert the winning basket last night?!!....amazing.......