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Outside the Lines: Recruiting Ethics

Coach + Player = Package Deal. It's nothing new in the world of college sports recruiting, but is it wrong? "Outside the Lines" investigates.

Updated: September 14, 2006, 3:37 PM ET
By Joe Schad | Special to ESPN.com

Gus Malzahn pulled Mitch Mustain aside, at what the quarterback called the "Parade Magazine deal" in New York, and apologized. He had to catch a flight.

Sure, there had been rumors. But now, Arkansas coach Houston Nutt had reached Malzahn, Mustain's high school coach, with an offer. And soon, Malzahn would have his own presser: introduced as offensive coordinator at Arkansas.

"I had to think about what this meant for me," Mustain said.

Package deals

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