Wednesday, August 14, 2013
"It's a Whole New Ballgame": The Next Chapter
The AAU's Growing Influence. In recent years, attempts by the NCAA to control the summer league teams have largely failed, and their power has only increased. In recruiting, the independent travel team coaches are now viewed as being more influential than most high school coaches. Without strong AAU ties, recruiting at an elite level becomes difficult, if not impossible, according to college assistant coaches.
Excerpt: The head of a major Amateur Athletic Union basketball program in Washington was arrested last week on drug trafficking charges after what law enforcement officials said was a yearlong investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.