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10:14 AM ET 10.13 | Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, the most polished among gems in UCLA's recruiting class, still have not been cleared for competition. The NCAA is examining the eligibility of both players. Muhammad, who is ranked at or near the top among all freshmen, has faced the most speculation. There are questions about money his family received from Benjamin Lincoln, the brother of an assistant at his high school, that helped pay for unofficial recruiting visits. Investigators may also be looking at Ken Kavanagh, a New York financial planner who partially funded the summer team Muhammad played for in his hometown of Las Vegas. With point guard Anderson, the NCAA reportedly is examining a connection to Thad Foucher, an agent who works with Arn Tellem for the L.A.-based Wasserman Media Group. Casey Wasserman, the company's founder, is a prominent UCLA booster. More than anything, the length of the Muhammad and Anderson investigations -- UCLA's opener is less than a month away -- has added fuel to published speculation that the Bruins must have cheated to attract such talent.

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October 13, 2012  10:17 AM ET

They All Cheat, Bros.

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October 13, 2012  11:59 AM ET
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That's a predictable gross generalization coming from Los Angeles.

Unfortunately it's a predictable gross generalization about college basketball. Thanks to AAU and NBA influences the best kids spend 1.5 semesters in school so recruiting is really all that matters now. Like I said I've got no respect for Cal and his kind and what they've brought to amateur sports. It started with the Fab 5 and kept going now "everyone does it" is just a disgusting cop out.

October 13, 2012  10:21 PM ET

I totally agree college coaches should turn away all the best talent and recruit only those players who's suckered enough to play 4 years. I mean really, winning is operated, let's all just sit around and cry because our team stinks and UK gets good players and championships.

 
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