If Tom Lemming didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.

One of my favorite ledes ever:

Not long after Tennessee football Coach Derek Dooley told a crowd Saturday that the large amount of attention paid to high school prospects is a serious problem, former Ensworth standout Antonio Richardson showed up and was swarmed by Vols fans.

Dooley’s right about one thing.  The recruiting services don’t exist in a vacuum.  They make money because we let them.

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4 responses to “If Tom Lemming didn’t exist, we’d have to invent him.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    “Dooley said that because the Vols roster will be made up of 70 percent freshmen and sophomores, Richardson would be among several incoming players who might not redshirt.”

    And the pundits want you to believe that Tennessee is the hot pick to contend for the East this year.

  2. Scorpio Jones, III

    “They make money because we let them.”

    We don’t just let them, we encourage them by paying.

    I’ve done it, you’ve done it….we’ve all probably done it at one time or another, it took me one season to realize it was bovine fecal matter….

    Who knows, pretty soon maybe Jamie Newberg will be picking the national champion based on his learned assessment of the talent a team recruited.

  3. Cojones

    Never done it. Never intend to. It IS big money for the recruiter/star-caster. It IS stupid to pay to read someone’s conjecture that they will make up because you pay them to do it. Plenty of ways to get dependable info on the internet. Lemming is cleverly there to get money that everyone can see is there from fans with little confidence in their knowledge and who view the best OPINION as science for competitive blogging. While I think it helps the coaches, it’s overated as far as dictating players they have to have. Between college and highschool coaches, I think they got it covered. Lemming and others’s opinions sometimes are icing on the cake. Now, you take the jerkoff who panders these kids out of highschool –that’s the guy who is skunkin’ up the works.