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Big Ten lunch links

9/3/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Can you smell it? Football is in the air again.

Smith and her three full-time assistants try to get out and make sure MSU's 25 sports are being operated by the rules, she said, but scattershot observations are all her department can manage.

"We just don't have the manpower," she said. "If a [football] coach wanders out during the summer to watch seven-on-seven [passing] drills, there's nothing I can do about it. I can't legislate someone's morality. If they want to go and cheat, they're going to do that. No amount of education is going to change that. Every institution is one booster or one athlete away from a major violation. That's how we live our life in compliance."