Thought about going with “NCAA Probing Tennessee’s Hostesses,” but ESPN already alluded to that in their article.
Yeah so anyways, the University of Tennessee is employing female students to attract high school recruits to the football program. I think they call that ‘robbing the cradle.’
It’s not like this is anything unprecedented. We saw it go down in uncensored fashion in He Got Game. This kind of thing happens everywhere.
I’d imagine, however, that it puts things into perspective for the females in question when they’re labeled ‘hostesses.’ They likely see themselves as jersey-chasing fans of the football program, out to catch an athlete and secure a future with an accidental pregnancy. The NCAA doesn’t see it that way, though. They view them as escorts, ladies of the evening, harlots, sex objects.
And in reality, that’s probably what they are. They show up at the prep games of these recruits, bring signs, make noise, and after the game likely put their mouth where the money is. That’s what being a true fan is all about.
In ESPN’s report, one recruit describes these superfans as ‘real pretty, real nice and just real cool.’ I’d imagine it’s his first depiction of their character that might get these ladies in trouble. Had Tennessee been sending uglies out to these games, there likely wouldn’t be any problems. They’re not recruiting Steve Phillips, after all.