11/13/2004: Thought for the Day:
I had a buddy who was an all-American swimmer at the University of Tennessee in the early '90s. I didn't know that swimming programs recruit high school kids, but he said that he was a hot item as a high school senior, setting some records in Ohio. Anyway, I'll never forget what he told me about his visits to the Division I schools that recruited him: "On every single visit, they (the school's swim team) got me drunk or laid or both." And that was for swimming! Imagine the smorgasbord of booze and babes that teams lay out for football and basketball recruits! Of course, this behind-the-scenes recruiting can go on completely without the knowledge of the athletic department, wink wink. I wonder why big-time college sports doesn't sink under its huge burden of hypocrisy.
--King Kaufman [salon.com]
Len on 11.13.04 @ 04:43 PM CST