The stories about behind-the-scenes battles between university football programs are as wild as they are numerous. Money exchanged and sex engaged usually accompany the rumors that fly around high school football studs.
Most are dismissed as propaganda spread by the university that lost out on the recruit. But after a story in The New York Times about one recruit who chose Oklahoma over Texas, the lords of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) could be calling. The Longhorns might have some 'splainin' to do.
The story centered on Texas high school defensive player Jamarkus McFarland. According to The Times, the battle over signing the 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Lufkin High School was intense and at times heart wrenching. It gave one of the best inside looks at how powerful football schools woo 18-year-olds who have the ability to score touchdowns and sack quarterbacks.
Enter sex, drugs and money.
The story reported about parties hosted by Texas fans where "alcohol was all you can drink, money was not an option. Girls were acting wild by taking off their tops, and pulling down their pants. Girls were also romancing each other. Some guys loved every minute of the freakiness some girls demonstrated. I have never attended a party of this magnitude."
The story gets better. McFarland's mother told The Times she and her family had been made several offers of gifts if her son went to Texas. She suspected it was just fans or boosters and not the university or team making the offers.
But that may not be enough to prevent Texas Coach Mack Brown's secretary from walking into his office and saying, "It's the NCAA on line one."