Friday, December 26, 2008

The Rivalry: No Holds Barred

College football recruitment is one of America's shadiest businesses. In particular, the competition for prized athletes between the programs at Oklahoma and Texas spurs a rivalry matched only in ferocity by the arabs and the jews. Mascot affiliated hucksters from these two institutions have pulled more fast ones on each other than Charlie Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. This rivalry is a "no holds barred" event.

So when Jamarkus McFarland, considered the best defensive tackle to hail from Texas in more than a decade, agreed to let let the NYTs follow him through the recruiting process. We knew there would be dirt. The legions of shadowy boosters from both schools make the scheming of the KGB look civilized.

McFarland's experience at a party thrown by Texas after this years OU-Texas game is easily the sexiest part of the story.
"I will never forget the excitement amongst all participants,” McFarland wrote. “Alcohol was all you can drink, money was not an option. Girls were acting wild by taking off their tops, and pulling down their pants. Girls were also romancing each other. Some guys loved every minute of the freakiness some girls demonstrated. I have never attended a party of this magnitude ... The attitude of the people at the party was that everyone should drink or not come to the party. Drugs were prevalent with no price attached."

Conversly, a sorority party he attended at Oklahoma was much more low key and specifically there was very little "romancing."
Seems an easy decision, no? If you are curious, get your booster on freak with the New York Times and find out which school McFarland chose. It's quite a romantic tale.


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