Since Orgeron got canned at Ole Miss on November 24th, he has had plenty of time to kill. He signed on to be the New Orleans Saints DL coach in late January.
Yeah, I think it is funny
Everyone knows Big Ed loves to recruit. He even replaced his drinking and tail chasing with The Chase of division 1 football players, according to Meat Market. And when he couldn't recruit anymore after being canned by Hotty Toddy and had idle time on his hands, he decided to do the next best thing -- pretend he was recruiting for Cal and Oregon. So, for two months he pulled off the funniest recruiting prank I've heard. BTW, I feel sorry for the kid, Nevada OG Kevin Hart, but this is really funny.
Kevin Hart started getting recruiting calls from Oregon and Cal.
"They really sold me," Hart, who will be the first Fernley athlete to receive a full scholarship to a Division I school directly out of high school, said of the Golden Bears. "Coach (Jeff) Tedford and I talked a lot, and the fact that the head coach did most of the recruiting of me kind of gave me the real personal experience."
The local paper reports that the 6-foot-5, 290-pound left guard will redshirt next season and that he was Northern Nevada’s most highly sought football recruit this year.
"This is a great day for Fernley High School," Vaqueros coach Mark Hodges told the crowd. "This is one young man who is going to represent us on the national level. But we’ll always remember he came from Fernley."
And then 9 hours later, everyone was wondering where the offer was. Ironically, since college coaches are prohibited from commenting on a recruitable athlete, no one will verify if an offer is on the table.
The NCAA is involved because Cal and Oregon are involved," said NIAA executive director Eddie Bonine, who has been kept abreast of the situation by Lyon County School District Assistant Superintendent Teri White. "It could be that someone was impersonating those schools."
"We have a young student-athlete and a program to protect," White told Rivals. "Our investigation has just begun. There's certainly no evidence that any school knew anything about this."
Urban Meyer reportedly has contacted his girlfriend.
(h/t to Wizard of Odds on this story)
And yes, the Ed Orgeron part is not true.