Recruiting is a creepy affair. Forty-year-old men sit around at lunch talking about the awesome â€œstatsâ€ (bodies) of 18-year-olds.
â€œDid you see those biceps?â€
Of course the homoerotic nature of recruiting isnâ€™t the creepiest part; the creepiest part is how media outlets like recruiting sites and even major newspapers shill for the home team.
Gannettâ€™s Glenn Guilbeau takes it to a whole new level of slobbering. Guilbeau writes a love letter to top recruit Rueben Randle. Guilbeau declares LSU really really really needs Randle.
Guilbeau opines: â€œBut Alabama does not need Randle as much as LSU does. Alabama already has Julio Jones, the No. 1 receiver in the nation last season out of Foley High in Foley, Ala. If Randle goes to Alabama, heâ€™ll only be Jonesâ€™ Robin for at least two more years.
â€œIf Randle goes to LSU, he could be Julio Jones all over again…LSU needs Randle more than Alabama needs Randle. Itâ€™s America, Randle can go wherever he wants and not have to answer to any self-absorbed fanatic with purple and gold on the brain. But if Randle wants to be the Man, LSU is the place.â€
How much did LSU boosters pay for that commercial?
Is Guilbeau now on Les Milesâ€™ Christmas card list? With this slobbering column, Guilbeau and Miles must be new BFFs (best friends forever).
This fine journalism is a prime reason Gannett is teetering on the brink. It is the same company where a Louisiana newspaper editor published an Internet hoax as fact in what amounted to a smear of Nick Saban.
At least recruiting websites and blogs are honest about their agendas. Newspapers arenâ€™t. Iâ€™m no longer going to mourn when they fold.