Did Syracuse, Kansas and UNC really have to break the rules?

College recruiting is one of the biggest mysteries in sports. Yesterday Jim Rome referred to the Syracuse program as Cheaters, by definition of the NCAA and now a player from Kansas is on suspension. How does an ethical program compete against this type of activity when the families are paid, kids don’t go to class or the grades are fabricated. These schools have powerful brands and high academic standards, do they really need to break the rules?

The Syracuse stuff strikes me more as cheating with staff members facilitating it. UNC is similar with the academic

The Cliff Alexander story (last I read it looks like he received a loan from an agency) at Kansas seems more like turning a blind eye toward agents.

Not that that necessarily makes it okay, but very different circumstances. Agents are nearly impossible to control in college hoops.