Comment of the Day: The Oddities Surrounding Once-Pristine Rice Basketball Recruiting
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We wrote about the oddities surrounding recruiting at the usually pristine Rice University, with several high-profile foreign players leaving in the wake of an assistant coach Marco Morcos' exit.
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One reader had some thoughts.
The upside is, Rice is considered among the best preps schools in the country by major college basketball programs.
Seriously, this is the kind of thing the NCAA is supposed to be all over, but probably will never get involved, in part because Rice -- being self-contained, rich and sort of a wallflower in the athletic world -- doesn't seem interested in pressing the issue.
At any rate, Ben Braun hired Morcos, so this mess is ultimately his responsibility. They got rid of Coach Willis to bring this guy in, and his plan for upgrading Rice to basketball relevance has been a laughable disaster.
Essential to the whole problem is that Braun has brought in recruits who place no value whatsoever on the opportunity to get an education at Rice. That's the one selling point, the one advantage that Rice has over most programs, provided you recruit the right kids. Get rid of this mercenary coach and his mercenary band of assistants and transfer-happy players.
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