I read a detailed report on Yahoo! Sports today regarding a scout who has been able to parlay his relationships with elite Texas RBs into a small business that's now over before it starts. This story is not uncommon. We are all familiar with the supposed excesses of college sports. It goes back a long time. In the not so distant past, our own alma mater, "Dear Old CU," played this game. I was at CU when we had some very good teams -- recruits and players were always serviced by the hottest talent in Boulder. We'd be kidding ourselves if we thought that the players on those teams didn't receive special benefits. To recruit and win at the highest levels in college football, you will have to firmly bend the rules. Elite players and/or their parents have received cash handshakes all along the way. Elite players have had the finest hotties give it up ever since they were 14-15 years old. They see the lavish lifestyles led by their idols on TV and online. They want their piece. Kids from CO are no different. Have you been to a high school recently? Girls don't look the same as they did when I was in school. They expect hotter versions when they get to college. I've had the pleasure to visit some of the campuses that have our nation's best football team. Nearly without exception (Stanford is the lone exception), the women are unbelievable. The difference between CU and those places? The girls are (no longer) being used to recruit. We as boosters (no longer) make sure that players are never lonely. We as boosters (no longer) make sure that players are never without "walking around money." Yes, our coaches are awesome. Yes, they will eventually find and coach the kids up to be excellent football players. One day, the program is going to have to ask itself a big question: are we willing to (again) join the dark side? Are our coaches willing to look the other way when we boosters buy a table of players meals on Pearl Street? Are our coaches willing to look the other way when we boosters hand over $100K to a RB who runs with crazy power and speed? Are our coaches willing to employ street level adults who are able to convince a kid to move states to be eligible for his scholarship? Are the coaches willing to call in favors to get minor issues like parking tickets forgotten in the circular file? It's certain that not EVERY kid signs for the wrong reason at a great school. But, when kids see the program winning and all the guys are walking around with strong arm candy, saying no is really difficult. Buff nation: before we bitch and moan about our current recruiting class six months before recruiting season is over, let's also consider the price of success in today's college football game.