I am sure I am stating the obvious, but I now realize it comes down to if the shoe companies giving money to recruits, to get them to go to a certain school, is a violation. At first blush, it is “of course it is a violation.” But remember the T Martin case? (Going from memory here). Facts show lady gave T Martin a lot of money. BUT, because she wasn’t “officially” a “booster” of UT, not a violation.
What a loop hole! All you got to do is find someone who didn’t go to UA, hasn’t given money to UA, etc (just look at the rules as to who is a “booster”) and funnel money through that person and buy yourself some players! The rule OUGHT to be if money is given to a player (or their family) for the purpose of getting them to go to a certain school, it should be a violation. I understand some of the problems with such a rule, but the loop hole is just SO BIG otherwise.
If the shoe companies aren’t in fact “booster” under the NCAA Rules, hard to prove a violation. I would ASSUME (don’t know) if you could prove that a coach organized the payments from the shoe company (i.e. a “strong ass offer” it would still be a violation, But if they aren’t “boosters” then if a shoe company wanted to offer a player, openly, money to go to a certain school, they could??? I think that is the case based on T Martin.