Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Has Lane Kiffin Already Blown it At Tennessee?

Lane Kiffin, you scamp!
The NCAA is investigating Tennessee's football recruiting practices, including the use of hostesses to attract top players, The New York Times reported on its Web site Wednesday.

The NCAA has met with four prospects and is expected to talk to two more this week, The Times reported.

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton told the newspaper an investigation was ongoing, but did not provide any details.

Marcus Lattimore, a high school running back, told The Times several hostesses came to a game in South Carolina and brought signs including one that read, "Come to Tennessee."

Lattimore told the newspaper the hostesses influence carried weight: "You don't want to go to a college where they ain't pretty," he said.

The hostesses are considered representatives of the university and are not allowed to recruit players off campus. The visits could be considered violations of NCAA rules.

What year is this? Pretty hostesses make all the difference in the world?

How stupid do you have to be to choose the school you're going to go play football for based on how pretty the hostesses appear to be? Florida, Arizona, and USC must get the top recruits walking away, then. I feel bad for schools like Maryland, which can only offer up malnourished city girls. I feel bad for the University of Iowa, which can only offer up small town, corn fed heifers. I feel bad for the University of Nebraska, which can't even offer up girls.

Do you get the impression that college football is pretty screwed up? I do. And if the NCAA is going after Lane Kiffin's program like this, then he really shouldn't get comfortable in that job.

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