I feel pretty confident that nothing I post on this message board has any kind of power to put a cloud over this or any program. I was asked a question, did my best to answer but there are some things that I am not free to share and don't wish to.
Your NSA example is a good one - it turned out that a million or so people had had the clearance Snowden did yet none chose to do what he did. Sometimes being in the college basketball world where certain stories and issues are common knowledge but those things almost never escape that bubble to fans, media etc.
I will say this - from my experience on fan message boards, if a program is doing well and a fan comes and spills their guts about the dirty behind the scenes issues, people will attack them and not believe anyway. I will say that if most college bball fans had to see the everyday realities that go on recruiting at the highest levels of this sport that many would continue to support it.