Sport: Recruiting: The Athlete Hunting Season Is On

The basketball team at California's Long Beach State College was floundering when Jerry Tarkanian was hired as coach six years ago. But Tarkanian knew just what to do about the situation. With impressive speed he recruited new talent and turned out a winner his first season. Last spring, when Tarkanian departed for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, he left behind one of the top teams in the nation.

Last week Long Beach learned the high price of success. No sooner had the N.C.A.A. opened its annual convention in San Francisco than the...

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