Programs constantly on watch for infiltrators

Two years ago, Louisville basketball staff members were going over players' complimentary ticket lists for a home game at Freedom Hall when alarms went off in Scott Davenport's head. Amid the usual roll call of girlfriends, buddies and family members, a name on one of the lists rang a bell, for all the wrong reasons. "The name raised suspicion," said Davenport, then the director of basketball operations for the Cardinals and now the head coach at Division II Bellarmine University. Davenport checked the name with assistant coach Vince Taylor. The two knew: The guy on the ticket list was a runner for an agent. "We wouldn't give him a ticket," head coach Rick Pitino recalled. "The kid didn't know he was a runner, but we knew. We check their ticket lists like FBI people."

They go after the people back home. They'll get the mother. They'll tell her, 'We'd like to represent your son. If we can help you out in any way, let us know.' Then they buy her things and blackmail her.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino on runners

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