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Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine Bruce Feldman Meat Market A Season Inside College Football s No Recruiting Machine In college football circles the first Wednesday in February is New Year s Day the Fourth of July and Christmas all rolled into one It s payoff time for a year spent screening miles of videotape and

  • Title: Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine
  • Author: Bruce Feldman
  • ISBN: 9781933060392
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Meat Market: A Season Inside College Football's No. 1 Recruiting Machine Bruce Feldman In college football circles, the first Wednesday in February is New Year s Day, the Fourth of July, and Christmas all rolled into one It s payoff time for a year spent screening miles of videotape and probing mountains of data, balancing the promise of a dazzling 40 yard dash time against the perils of a putrid GPA, and text messaging high schoolers 50 times a day It s tIn college football circles, the first Wednesday in February is New Year s Day, the Fourth of July, and Christmas all rolled into one It s payoff time for a year spent screening miles of videotape and probing mountains of data, balancing the promise of a dazzling 40 yard dash time against the perils of a putrid GPA, and text messaging high schoolers 50 times a day It s the day when coaches across the country camp out in front of their fax machines waiting for their football futures to be decided by a bunch of 18 year olds.It s National Signing Day.In this surprising and unprecedented dissection of college football s secret season, author Bruce Feldman takes you deep inside the war room of Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron, the combustible Cajun who built national championship teams at the University of Miami and USC before setting up shop in the Deep South In a blow by blow account of the year leading up to National Signing Day 2007, Feldman reveals the inner secrets of Orgeron s success, recounting every step along the way as Orgeron and his Ole Miss staff pick 25 winners from a list of 1,000 names.Meat Market makes the actual football seasonthe one that runs from September through Januaryread like a postscript.
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    1. Although 95% of my friends have zero interest in a book about College FB recruiting, I m going to review this one anyway This book is about coach Ed Orgeron, who had a reputation as an aggressive and top tier major college recruiter from USC and that reputation helped him land a job at Ole Miss, which was desperately looking to improve its standing in the ultra competitive SEC The author is an ESPN reporter who was planted in the Ole Miss recruiting warroom for an entire year.The book is very un [...]

    2. This was a quick, fun, and easy read I ve wanted to tackle for a few years It certainly confirmed a lot of my ideas about recruiting.

    3. The Meat Market A Season Inside College Football s No.1 Recruiting Machine by Bruce Feldman was a very good book for me This was a good book for me because me being an athlete I was able to learn and find out things that could help me as a high school athlete in the book that I didn t know before I read it I was able to not exactly relate to this book, but use it as a learning experience for my future recruiting process I liked the book because it gave me real examples of the recruiting process [...]

    4. Meat Market, as the somewhat unseemly title suggests, is a book about the somewhat unseemly business of recruiting potentially great athletes to play college football Specifically, it follows a Red Bull fueled recruiting season with then Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron The fact that an entire book can be written about a single team s recruiting tells you something about what college recruiting has become Dave Cutcliffe was ignominiously ushered out of Oxford largely for recruiting failures A few [...]

    5. Any good book transcends its topic In Bruce Feldman s Meat Market takes place in Ole Miss, a University in Mississippi The book is about the football team there The author mainly talks about what the coach did to get the team through the season The coach which is also the main character, has one of the most unique personalities What happens is that Ed Orgeron, the coach, sits in his office before dawn trying to get the best football players to go to Ole Miss The coach has a very peculiar motto H [...]

    6. As an avid fan of college football this was worth the read You ll hear about the details and realities of recruiting From transferring, committing decommitting, and the issues that face uneducated poor families in the south, Meat Market is an eye opener for the college football fan Even though we may know the outcome of what happens to the focal point Coach O, Feldman hits recruiting and the importance of it on the head with this inside look at Ole Miss This book is for really only the avid fan [...]

    7. I thought it a good idea to combine two of my biggest hobbies, college football and reading The results, were disappointing First off, this isn t a review of Ed Orgeron the coach or recruiter, just this book about those things Author, Bruce Feldman, who ve I ve read articles from in the past, pens the inside look at recruiting in the SEC Sadly, its inside only one program and the inside looks aren t much than what can be gleaned from a recruiting website There were a few heard it here first ane [...]

    8. The material in the book was very good and informative The author was given access to the recruiting activity of the Ole Miss football program, and shares some remarkable insights into major college football recruiting, as well as the state of high school education in the Deep South and elsewhere The coach, Ed Orgeron, had a 3 year tenure at the school and is once again an assistant coach at USC His ideas about recruiting, especially the level of activity and preparation are relevant to just abo [...]

    9. I thought that this book was a very good book about the inside information of college football recruiting The book s main plot is about Ed Orgeron s recruiting process, in which he would know a lot about recruiting because he is now the head football coach at Ole Miss and before was an assistant coach for Pete Carroll where he recruited a lot of big time players But, the books not just about the Ole Miss recruiting process though, it as about all the work that every college football team s staff [...]

    10. A very quick read If you love college football, this is a great 2 or 3 day pick up It follows the recruiting of the 2007 Ole Miss class by Ed Orgeron and his coaching staff The main sell of the book is Orgeron s huge, brash, hysterically funny personality Most of the first half of the book concentrate s on that, and really outshines the latter half of the book, which is mostly a recitation of recruits and their decisions It drives home just how hard it is to turn a program around, especially whe [...]

    11. Though it does not cover college football recruiting in general as I expected it to follows the recruiting of Ole Miss under former Coach, Ed Orgeron , it is still interesting as a college football fan to see how much goes into just recruiting Though most of us fans already know they put so much work into it, just reading up on how a program that is not a bottom feeder, but not elite, tries to get top named recruits, while in the balance making sure they at least get enough guys they know they c [...]

    12. Despite not being the world s biggest Ed Orgeron fan he s a bit too much Ryan brothers in my opinion I really liked this inside look at his Ole Miss tenure I had a dead tree copy some years ago that I somehow never ended up reading a few years back but this book was almost made interesting with the hindsight of some of his can t miss players While the death of TOny Fein was of course heartbreaking a few years ago, there have been some nice stories to come out of the kids he recruited including [...]

    13. A book that discusses a key part of college football recruiting In particular, it centers on the Ole Miss College Football Team under Ed Orgeron Orgeron is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the game, and the book gives insight into how he did recruiting at Ole Miss and in the brutal SEC However, the interesting figure is Orgeron himself A big Cajun man, he has quite a wild and driven side He was such a character during his stint as defensive line coach at Miami in the early to mid 1990s, [...]

    14. I love college football and I m an SEC fan Go Gators I found this book to be a real eye opener The book chronicles the University of Mississippi football programs recruiting program for 2007 Head football coach Ed Orgeron granted author Bruce Feldman full access to the war room where the coaches evaluated high school football players The book shows the reader what goes on behind the scenes, the competition for players, the interaction with the players coaches, family, friends, etc.The Ole Miss c [...]

    15. I was very concerned that this book was going to become one dimensional after the first 30 pages or so, and for a while it did look that this was going to happen, but I was pleasantly surprised when the book started taking many different twists I am a college football fan, and so have an element of bias, but this bias will not mean that I waste time reading a boring book Feldman covered the recruiting subject matter with plenty of detail but not so much that the information became tedious The ba [...]

    16. I highly recommend this book to anyone who follows college football Ed Orgeron and Ole Miss gave Feldman extensive access to their recruiting process and other parts of the football program , and he really made the most of it.Apart from the insights into how intense and screwed up the recruiting process really is, the book is worth reading just because Orgeron is so damn entertaining I came away from it feeling sympathy for him than I really should and with a much better understanding of the up [...]

    17. I m blown away that Coach O would let a writer write this book about his recruiting process First off, you re giving away trade secrets in telling people hoe you do what you do But even than that college football recruiting involves treating people very deliberately and that s best case scenario, it may seem like you are treating them as commodities And while being deliberate in how you treat people isn t wrong, it very rarely looks great either There is just so little positive reprecussions fo [...]

    18. So far this is only ok, I was told it was going to be about college football recruiting I am about 1 4 of the way in and it is mostly about the coach of Ole Miss who seems a bit crazy Although he is supposed to be the case study, I am hoping the book quickly becomes universal.OK,I finished it I enjoyed it I m glad I read it It was definitely about Ole Miss than recruting, but it was still about recruiting I think there is so much to learn I definitely believe this should be required reading fo [...]

    19. I was really looking forward to this book, and finished it feeling very indifferent about it The book covers a recruiting season for then Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron The book quickly becomes a list of recruits with a little information on each Orgeron comes across almost two dimensional, a Cajun boy who just yells and drinks lots of Red Bull The book would have been a better concept if Feldman waited a year or two to see what happened to the staff and players What happened Orgeron was canned, [...]

    20. Fascinating look at college recruiting for the causal fan as well as hardcore college football fanatics By focusing on Coach Orgeron and his staff at Ole Miss, readers get a front row seat to the underworld of college recruiting In today s internet and message board society, most fans think that they know all of the inner workings of coaching and recruiting, but this book proves that there is still to be discovered An updated version with Urban Meyer and or Nick Saban with be extremely interest [...]

    21. it was ok ProsAn in depth look at college recruiting as done by Ole Miss s head coach, Ed Orgeron ConsAn in depth look at college recruiting as done by Ole Miss s head coach, Ed Orgeron.Just kidding what I liked about the book was seeing how major sports programs are subject to the whim of ego centric high school kids, parents, coaches But what I really didn t like was the plotting by programs to get kids eligible, specifically, sending them to junior colleges for their last semester or addition [...]

    22. If you re a old miss fan you will absolutely love this book if you follow the college football recruiting process very closely you will love this book, too If you fall into any other category, this book is just o.k it gives interesting insight into how cut throat the recruiting process is, but gets far too detailed regarding specific players and video tape analyzation That said, I give it a solid 5 on a scale of 1 10.

    23. I thought that this book was very good One thing that I liked about it was that I could stay connected with the book I have learned a lot about college recruit but never really thought about how much players impact the revenue and value of a school This book showed my how schools need to recruit very carefully, or else it can effect the school greatly I also enjoyed the fact that the book was about Ole Miss I like Ole Miss.

    24. Meat Market Inside the Smash Mouth World of College Football Recruiting by Bruce Feldman ESPN Books 2007 796.33263 This volume follows Ole Miss Head Coach Ed Orgeron as he recruits for his football team It s unnerving to see a grown man attempt to persuade black youth to move to Mississippi to play football for a team whose mascot is Colonel Reb and whose fight song is Dixie My rating 7 10, finished 2010.

    25. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Feldman is an ESPN writer, and this book chronicles his journey with the Ole Miss football coaching staff in 2005 during the recruiting season You can t help but like then Head Coach Ed Orgeron now an Assistant Head Coach at Tennessee , even if he appears crazy at times It s also fascinating to read this several years removed, since in 2008 after Coach O was fired , the recruits followed ended up turning around Ole Miss football under Houston Nutt.

    26. One of the best college football books I ve read Deals with Ole Miss back when they were straight awful Then Ed Crazy Orgeron comes to coach Having just left USC, he is pumped to get his first head coaching job All he does is act like a foot to get recruits and it works Sure he bends the rules, but come on I remember players like Dexter McCluster, Joe McKnight, Michael Oher, and others For SEC NCAA fans.

    27. Great insights on college football recruiting, an aspect of the game that remains shrouded in mystery to even the expert fan I had hoped this book would follow than just one program and provide other perspectives on recruiting, but the Ole Miss case study was effective However, I wish that time was spent discussing shady recruiting practices, even in general terms.

    28. Very interesting book Very insightful to the world of college football recruiting I guess having all access to the Ole Miss program helped Would have been good to see how other programs recruited, or how the players felt or how a program recruit if there s a possibility that the coach may be fired or may leave Nevertheless, a good read and a definite for any college football fan.

    29. I love football While I think the author had access many don t, I didn t think it was well written In fact, the end was sloppy It also only covered one team and I didn t think what I read here was anything spectacular related to recruiting other than the dirty business and gossip around this coaching staff in particular It could have been better written I didn t hate it, but didn t love it.

    30. Blah Should have been exciting Crazy new Ole Miss coach hits the recruiting trail, along with a bunch of assistants who sort of appear and disappear at surprising times Players do not really appear as characters in their own right nor do assistants Lots of fake dramatic short sentences strive for drama but fail to add it Good thing I got it from the library.

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