Bruce Feldman

Meat Market

"One of the most insightful books ever written about college football." —The New York Times

Now revised and updated by the author, MEAT MARKET proves that in college football, the game off the field is more brutal than the one on the field. In this shattering expose, Bruce Feldman goes into the war rooms to show who stands to profit when champions get built, and at what cost.

A college football program can become a multi-million dollar industry for its school, but only if that program wins. The quest for excellence goes beyond the guts and the glory of the gridiron—it goes into the war rooms where recruiters size up every metric to determine which high-school phenom they want to recruit to the university.

Bruce Feldman—FOX Sports College Football Insider—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.

MEAT MARKET is a must-read for all college football fans, an eye-opening discovery of what it takes to put their favorite team on the field.
376 printed pages
Original publication



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    eleni chitoni-tzemoshas quoted2 months ago
    will just remind all of us that those among us without sin should cast the first stone
    eleni chitoni-tzemoshas quoted2 months ago
    The running joke among people who covered college football was that SEC actually stood for “Sure, Everybody Cheats
    medvedeva07051has quoted2 months ago
    Young’s father, Johnny, wasn’t happy either. He left a note for Orgeron with his secretary: “Darius Young, WR, hurt during spec. camp (finger & knee). DBs too physical w/no equipment. Wants to talk to Coach O!!”
    “Darius Young’s daddy doesn’t know what he did to his kid,” Orgeron said later. “You say that the DBs were ‘too physical with no equipment,’ you might as well be telling me your son’s not tough enough to play at Ole Miss.”
    The brightest development from summer camp, according to Orgeron’s post-mortem during Monday’s recruiting meeting, was that the Rebels had found some more linebackers.

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