The premise of Meat Market allows the reader to find out “What really
happens behind closed doors of a college football program’s war room?” The
book shows exactly what goes through college coaches minds every step of
the way through the recruiting process.
Meat Market follows Ed Orgeron and the Ole Miss football staff along
the recruiting trail for an entire year as the Rebels try to evaluate and
woo prospects for their program. For Orgeron, the ace recruiter who helped
build USC back into a powerhouse just a few years earlier, times had changed.
Instead of selling an elite program on top of college football, he was touting
a second-tier operation in the game’s toughest conference, the SEC.
The Rebels’ biggest target for the Class of 2007 turns out to be a
dynamic speedster from Louisiana named Joe McKnight who the Ole Miss coaches
have had their sights on for three years. Of course, everyone else loves
McKnight too. Even Orgeron’s old school, USC. And that drama would
just be one of many odd twists in the roller coaster ride to Signing Day.
Meat Market Reviews:
“…one of the most insightful books ever written about college
New York Times
“…underscores the nuances of the talent hunt as well as some
of the more dubious aspects of big-time college football.”
“Normally I concentrate on books focused on pro football, but there
was something compelling about this one, a you-are-there take inside the
stupid, insipid and insulting-to-any-adult world of college football recruiting
that Feldman captures vividly. . .”
King, Sports Illustrated
“It really was a great, quick read. Something I could easily see someone
inquiring about Meat Market's book rights (and the life rights to Orgeron)
because it would translate well into film.”
"A jaw-dropping book. Bruce Feldman is the John Feinstein of his generation.
He has gotten inside and gained access to this complex subject better than
any sportswriter in memory. Meat Market is easily among the best sports books
of the new millennium. Not only was it engaging, it was at times hilarious
and frightening, seeing what really happens in the bowels of recruiting.
This is must-reading for any college football fan. I don't know when I have
enjoyed a book more or been unable to put one down. This book absolutely
blew me away."
--Paul Finebaum, Mobile Register columnist and talk show host
"Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football yet is the most mysterious,
misunderstood aspect of the sport. Feldman opens doors and opens eyes in
a revealing look at how the machine that drives college football really works.
Playing the big boys on the field is one thing. For those outside the "traditional
power" fraternity, Meat Market shows that recruiting against them is
even tougher . . . even for a Red Bull powered recruiting maniac like Ed
--Rece Davis, ESPN College Football studio host
"Bruce Feldman has recorded the most detailed account of a recruiting
season I've read. You are taken behind the curtain of a program hungry to
reach the elite and provided a revealing, fascinating look at one of college
football's unique characters, Coach “O”."
--Chris Fowler, ESPN College GameDay host
"What serious football fan wouldn't love to be a fly on the wall in
the recruiting war room of a major college program? Feldman got to do just
that, delivering a fascinating first-hand account of all the dizzying phone
calls, late-night film sessions, frantic road trips, and paranoid parents
that went into the Ole Miss coaching staff's pursuit of a recruiting class."
--Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated
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