Originally Posted by JBL
Every school in NCAA football that has an active recruiting program (that's worth a shit) uses hostesses. This is nothing new.
Yeah, Ben, I'm sure that all programs have their share of attractive young women to show 17-yr old high-school players around campus. But this is just the kind of thing to bring the Kiffin era down in flames of self-inflicted stupidity, while the rest of the SEC savors the bittersweet aroma of schadenfreude. For a sport with such a male-dominated following, this is an attention magnet that'll have college football fans riveted to the story long past the period that any comparable scandle would've run its course in the media, especially considering things like this juicy passage from today's NYT
Also on Friday, Keith Easterwood, a veteran [Memphis] summer basketball coach, said that on a visit last year with his son, a football recruit, he had to ask a hostess to stop brushing her breasts against both him and his son.
He recalled saying, “Young lady, if you don’t stop doing that, we’ve got a problem.”
Easterwood said that he took a group of basketball players to a Western Kentucky football game at Tennessee this year, and that the presence of the hostesses had his players “literally reduced to blubbering idiots.”
“I’ve been up there five times, four for football and one basketball visit,” Easterwood said. “My observation is that this is a very organized operation. These girls have obviously been groomed. There’s a lot of eye contact and touching.”
Now, to be fair, the events described above happened on campus and I'm sure its not very difficult for hot college girls to reduce High School football players to "blubbering idiots.” But in addition to "Hostess" programs, don't all the big programs also have "NCAA Compliance" programs that are supposed to make sure the kind of violations being uncovered at UT don't happen?
Speaking of NCAA investigations, has anyone heard anything lately about their looksie into Reggie Bush's family being given a house to live in by a sports agent
while he was at USC? I'm sure we'll soon be hearing that their report will be released any day now - maybe they're saving it until after the bowls... Its obvious that Kiffin hasn't quite made the adjustment to level of NCAA scruitiny the SEC gets after learning the business in the land of the wink and head-turn.
Neil - thank you for your kind words regarding the Crimson Tide's (13-0) victory over Florida (12-1). Here are some fun little factoids about the game
- did you know that Bama's coach pulled Heisman candidate Mark Ingram out of the game for most of the last series instead of letting him pad his stats, letting the senior third string RB get the carries? Also, did you know that Bama stopped advancing the ball just short of a nice, round 500 total yds of offense and well within reach of another TD, and that Bama did not even attempt a pass during almost the last 20 minutes of the game?
However, Neil unfortunately I must correct you, for the phrase you referenced above in reality should be stated "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer." This is part of a little cheer originally composed especially for the University of Tennnessee's football players and their followers
. The "Yellow Hammer" part is a reference to the Alabama State bird, and the "Rammer Jammer" part, while reminescent of the treatment Bama's opponents often receive, is from a defunct student newspaper lost to the misty depths of time. This traditional
cheer has been recently (by Alabama standards) applied to the growing list of foes defeated by Alabama. If you start the video below, at about the 0:55 mark you will be treated to the words to the entire cheer - I recommend piping it to your stereo and turning the volume up for a more robust effect. This is a cheer that fans of SEC football like Matt and Ben (erdvm1 and JBL) are likely to have heard before and may associate with certain traumatic events experienced during their lives. They should get accustomed to it as they will be hearing it a lot more in the coming years. Please "Bear" in mind that the linked rendition isn't as loud as usual due to the Georgia Dome being split fairly evenly between UA and UF fans. You really need to hear what its like when performed in Bryant-Denny Stadium which will soon accomodate about 80,000 very enthusiastic Alabama fans and about another 20,000 visitors (though the latter are unlikely to contribute their voices to the effort). Hopefully residents of lovely Pasadena, California will get to enjoy hearing the Longhorns treated to this traditional Alabama post-game serenade on January 7.