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Let me get this straight ,we are not getting good basketball players because their AAU street agents want them to wear Nike.
I'm too lazy to read all of the replies so far, but I can tell you I had dinner with two of the men's bball coaches a night or two before the first exhibition game. After getting to know them a little, I asked point blank if Auburn being an under armor school rather than Nike hurts on the recruiting trail. Both of them looked at me like I was speaking German. I explained that it was a big debate amongst auburn fans, and they said that it didn't really matter. Now you might can find another coach on the team that says something different, but ill go with what those guys told me for now.
The only way their hands are tied is that Auburn is an Under Armour School. Nike does not let coaches from non-Nike schools come to their camps, etc. Other than some players not being able to get in school at Auburn - which is no unique to basketball - the administration certainly does not tie anyone's hands. Despite his son's desire to walk-on at Auburn, Komara has never encouraged players to go to Auburn. Calling him an Auburn "booster" is one of the more absurd rulings ever by the NCAA. As for compliance being a problem, that's a red herring. If a compliance director is popular with coaches, he's probably not very good at his job.
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