It seems that Lane Kiffin is rocking the boat again.
Like he’s done since he’s taken over at Tennessee, Kiffin has taken what’s accepted as the norm in college football and stretched the boundaries a little. That news of an NCAA probe into the Orange Pride is more than just a tad interesting, it’s nothing new for universities to use co-eds as recruiting tools. Girls affiliated with a college have long been used to associate themselves with potential recruits by showing them around campus. In Athens, they are the Georgia Girls. In Stillwater, they are the Diamond Dolls. And so on and so on.
However, Kiffin and Co. may have taken things a little further by having girls from the Orange Pride group travel and show up at prospects’ high school games, hold up signs and, uh, whatever. That this sort of thing isn’t frowned upon more is a little lot sexist, but somehow these schools tend to get away with it. Remember the scene in Spike Lee’s “He Got Game” when Jesus Shuttlesworth is, ahem, entertained by “hostesses” on his college visit? There’s no doubt at least some truth in that.
The fact that we can speculate how much truth is exactly the problem with this kind of thing, and it sure as heck shouldn’t be happening on high school campuses.