Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting
ESPN Books, Paperback, 9781933060682, 319pp.
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
"One of the most insightful books ever written about college football."
- The New York Times
"Easily among the best sports books of the new millennium."
- Paul Finebaum, columnist and radio host
In this unprecedented look at college football’s secret season, Bruce Feldman rips the cover off the game’s frenzied pursuit of raw talent, taking you deep inside the SEC war room of recruiting legend Ed Orgeron,the combustible Cajun who helped build national championship teams at the University of Miami and at USC. In a stunning, blow-by-blow account of the year leading up to National Signing Day 2007, the award-winning journalist shadows Orgeron and his Ole Miss assistants as they set about hunting high school students, pleading, plotting, and inventing ways to lure them to their sleepy Oxford campus. Packed with candid confessions and outrageous off-the-field action, Meat Market makes what happens on the field seem almost tame by comparison.