I don't have a lot to say about this, but I am curious as to what "we" think. My personal guess is that Ferentz probably takes the extra step to get recruits, but a) doesn't do it routinely enough to be known to do that, b) his choices to do it are probably much more morally satisfactory. i.e. he's not going to give a kid from a middle-income family a throwback jersey, but if a kid is using some of his scholarship money to send home, maybe he'll give him, or help get him just a little "spending money" here or there.
Obviously, I should make it clear that I've never read anything that Ferentz has had "improper" dealings with players. However, he's had numerous players get into trouble from anything to sexual assault charges to MIPs (or whatever they are in Iowa City), including his own son. (That could all be "just the players," but that also sounds a lot like the picture tOSU fans are trying to paint of Tressel right now.
Personally, I think the NCAA rules are stupid. I think any logical person would see it as such. I think it would be near impossible to maintain a good program if you never broke one of the many rules the NCAA has. Therefore, I make it clear that minor or even moderate indiscretions, in my eyes, does not make a coach morally-decrepit human being.
Squeaky Clean - nothing at all (76 votes)
Minor violations - like tweeting when not allowed or one too many phone calls (248 votes)
Moderate - allows, or doesn't stop with knowledge, breaking of rules like "helping" student-athletes but not out-and-out "buying" them (83 votes)
Intermediately - "plausible deniability" almost certainly knows boosters are doing really bad things, but no one can prove it (19 votes)
Grossly - personally buys cars and pays money to players (1 vote)
427 total votes