Since seeing “The Blind Side” a few weeks ago, I have totally become an expert on college football recruiting and NCAA violations. So when the New York Times did a piece on the University of Tennessee’s football recruitment, for once in my life, I actually understood what they were talking about. Tennessee is in hot water for using sexy college co-ed “hostesses” to lure high school athletes to their school, and the NCAA is investigating to see how many violations they’ve made, since their coach Lane Kiffin has been bragging about it. The NCAA has super strict rules on what is appropriate for luring in athletes. Whoring out women to attract innocent high school jocks is not within that category. [NY Times] I am automatically suspicious of the job title “hostess” after researching Japanese hostess clubs. Double that after the whole Rachel Uchitel scandal. These college hostesses are paid by the admissions office, and their job is to welcome recruits and encourage them to attend the school. In other words, they’re only supposed to “work” on campus. But, in one case, some hostess drove almost 200 miles to a football game in South Carolina and held up a “Come to Tennessee” sign. One of the high school students they were trying to recruit, running back Marcus Lattimore, said they were “real pretty, real nice and just real cool. You don’t want to go to a college where they ain’t pretty.” The Times also found some pictures on Facebook and MySpace of a hostess with Bryce Brown, now a Tennessee freshman who was the country’s top running back recruit last year. If blog commenters are to be believed, they’re dating now.
While the Times piece insinuated that these hostesses are determined to bring star athletes to their university, using their feminine wiles for the sake of school pride … I have to offer an alternative. Maybe they just want to get started early on dating professional athletes. Maybe it’s because I’ve never had a football team, cared about sports, or been attracted to jocks, but isn’t it more likely that they’re trying to bag a future steroid-user before the cheerleaders get him?