Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting
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Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting

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

"Easily among the best sports books of the new millennium."
- Paul Finebaum, columnist and radio host

In this unprecedented look at college football’s secret season, Bruce Feldman rips the cover off the game’s frenzied pursuit of raw talent, taking you deep inside the SEC war room of...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by ESPN (first published September 18th 2007)
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Jan 09, 2009 Mike rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: College FB buffs, SEC fans
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As an avid fan of college football this was worth the read. You'll hear about the details and realities of recruiting. From transferring, committing/decommitting, and the issues that face uneducated poor families in the south, Meat Market is an eye opener for the college football fan. Even though we may know the outcome of what happens to the focal point Coach O, Feldman hits recruiting and the importance of it on the head with this inside look at Ole Miss.

This book is for really only the avid...more
The material in the book was very good and informative. The author was given access to the recruiting activity of the Ole Miss football program, and shares some remarkable insights into major college football recruiting, as well as the state of high school education in the Deep South and elsewhere. The coach, Ed Orgeron, had a 3-year tenure at the school and is once again an assistant coach at USC. His ideas about recruiting, especially the level of activity and preparation are relevant to just...more
Meat Market, as the somewhat unseemly title suggests, is a book about the somewhat unseemly business of recruiting potentially great athletes to play college football. Specifically, it follows a Red Bull-fueled recruiting season with then Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron. The fact that an entire book can be written about a single team’s recruiting tells you something about what college recruiting has become. Dave Cutcliffe was ignominiously ushered out of Oxford largely for recruiting failures. A...more
Jose Avila
Any good book transcends its topic. In Bruce Feldman's "Meat Market" takes place in Ole Miss, a University in Mississippi. The book is about the football team there. The author mainly talks about what the coach did to get the team through the season. The coach which is also the main character, has one of the most unique personalities. What happens is that Ed Orgeron, the coach, sits in his office before dawn trying to get the best football players to go to Ole Miss. The coach has a very peculiar...more
Drew Eich
I thought that this book was a very good book about the inside information of college football recruiting. The book's main plot is about Ed Orgeron's recruiting process, in which he would know a lot about recruiting because he is now the head football coach at Ole Miss and before was an assistant coach for Pete Carroll where he recruited a lot of big time players. But, the books not just about the Ole Miss recruiting process though, it as about all the work that every college football team's sta...more
Kyle Pennekamp
A very quick read. If you love college football, this is a great 2 or 3-day pick-up. It follows the recruiting of the 2007 Ole Miss class by Ed Orgeron and his coaching staff. The main sell of the book is Orgeron's huge, brash, hysterically funny personality. Most of the first half of the book concentrate's on that, and really outshines the latter half of the book, which is mostly a recitation of recruits and their decisions. It drives home just how hard it is to turn a program around, especiall...more
Scott Martin
A book that discusses a key part of college football: recruiting. In particular, it centers on the Ole Miss College Football Team under Ed Orgeron. Orgeron is regarded as one of the best recruiters in the game, and the book gives insight into how he did recruiting at Ole Miss and in the brutal SEC. However, the interesting figure is Orgeron himself. A big Cajun man, he has quite a wild and driven side. He was such a character during his stint as defensive line coach at Miami in the early to mid...more
Anthony Taylor
I was very concerned that this book was going to become one dimensional after the first 30 pages or so, and for a while it did look that this was going to happen, but I was pleasantly surprised when the book started taking many different twists. I am a college football fan, and so have an element of bias, but this bias will not mean that I waste time reading a boring book. Feldman covered the recruiting subject matter with plenty of detail but not so much that the information became tedious. The...more
I love college football and I'm an SEC fan. Go Gators! I found this book to be a real eye opener. The book chronicles the University of Mississippi football programs recruiting program for 2007. Head football coach Ed Orgeron granted author Bruce Feldman full access to the "war room" where the coaches evaluated high school football players. The book shows the reader what goes on behind the scenes, the competition for players, the interaction with the players coaches, family, friends, etc.
The 'Ol...more
I enjoyed this book - it was an easy read and gives a lot of insights into college football recruiting. It was pretty cool to read it now, a few years after the 2008 season, knowing what happened with guys like Nick Foles and Stevan Ridley.
I'm blown away that Coach O would let a writer write this book about his recruiting process. First off, you're giving away trade secrets in telling people hoe you do what you do. But even more than that college football recruiting involves treating people very deliberately (and that's best case scenario, it may seem like you are treating them as commodities). And while being deliberate in how you treat people isn't wrong, it very rarely looks great either. There is just so little positive reprec...more
Adam Gray
I was really looking forward to this book, and finished it feeling very indifferent about it. The book covers a recruiting season for then Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron. The book quickly becomes a list of recruits with a little information on each. Orgeron comes across almost two dimensional, a Cajun boy who just yells and drinks lots of Red Bull. The book would have been a better concept if Feldman waited a year or two to see what happened to the staff and players. What happened? Orgeron was c...more
I highly recommend this book to anyone who follows college football. Ed Orgeron and Ole Miss gave Feldman extensive access to their recruiting process (and other parts of the football program), and he really made the most of it.

Apart from the insights into how intense (and screwed up) the recruiting process really is, the book is worth reading just because Orgeron is so damn entertaining. I came away from it feeling more sympathy for him than I really should - and with a much better understandin...more
Donna Halloran
So far this is only ok, I was told it was going to be about college football recruiting. I am about 1/4 of the way in and it is mostly about the coach of Ole Miss - who seems a bit crazy. Although he is supposed to be the case study, I am hoping the book quickly becomes more universal.

OK,I finished it. I enjoyed it. I'm glad I read it. It was definitely more about Ole Miss than recruting, but it was still about recruiting. I think there is so much to learn. I definitely believe this should be re...more
"it was ok"

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An in-depth look at college recruiting as done by Ole Miss's head coach, Ed Orgeron.

- Cons
An in-depth look at college recruiting as done by Ole Miss's head coach, Ed Orgeron.

Just kidding - what I liked about the book was seeing how major sports programs are subject to the whim of ego-centric high school kids, parents, & coaches. But what I really didn't like was the plotting by programs to get kids eligible, specifically, sending them to junior colleges for their last semest...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Feldman is an ESPN writer, and this book chronicles his journey with the Ole Miss football coaching staff in 2005 during the recruiting season. You can’t help but like then Head Coach Ed Orgeron (now an Assistant Head Coach at Tennessee), even if he appears crazy at times. It’s also fascinating to read this several years removed, since in 2008 (after Coach O was fired), the recruits followed ended up turning around Ole Miss football under Houston Nutt.
If you're a old miss fan you will absolutely love this book. if you follow the college football recruiting process very closely you will love this book, too. If you fall into any other category, this book is just o.k. it gives interesting insight into how cut-throat the recruiting process is, but gets far too detailed regarding specific players and video tape analyzation. That said, I give it a solid 5 on a scale of 1-10.
Great insights on college football recruiting, an aspect of the game that remains shrouded in mystery to even the expert fan. I had hoped this book would follow more than just one program and provide other perspectives on recruiting, but the Ole Miss case study was effective. However, I wish that more time was spent discussing shady recruiting practices, even in general terms.
Blah. Should have been more exciting. Crazy new Ole Miss coach hits the recruiting trail, along with a bunch of assistants who sort of appear and disappear at surprising times. Players do not really appear as characters in their own right; nor do assistants. Lots of fake-dramatic short sentences strive for drama but fail to add it. Good thing I got it from the library.
Dec 02, 2008 Jones rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to learn more about college football recruiting
Recommended to Jones by: My Brother
This was an interesting topic and something I've always wanted to learn more about. However, the book didn't go to the level of detail or give the "inside access" that I had expected from it. It was well written and enjoyable, but definitely less hard hitting or enlightening as I was hoping.
For devout lovers of college football, this book is for you. Following a year in the life of one of college football most renowned recruiters, Feldman gives us an inside look at how the lives of coaches hang in the balance of the decisions of 17 and 18 year olds.
This was a very light read that I found interesting. It is a look at college football recruiting from the inside. College football recruiting is very cut throat and it was cool to get the opportunity to be a part of it.
Interesting insight into college football recruiting. Ed Orgeron (Ole Miss) seems to be full of himself and a real jerk...reminded me of Ron Zook. Hopefully this is not indicative of every major program.
Maybe I already knew too much inside about Ole Miss recruiting, but I didn't think that this lived up to all of the hype. Interesting? Yes. Worth my time? Yes. Would I recommend it to everyone? No.
A must read for any high school football player and his parents! Very enlightening; I didn't realize the recruiting process is as unpredictable for coaches as for recruits.
Basically taught me how the college football recruiting process. Now I feel I have the information get my kids to a Division 1 college football program. If they want it...
As advertised, this book is an interesting look behind the scenes at college football recruiting, specifically at Ed Orgeron's 2006 recruiting season at Ole Miss.
Really brings Ed Orgeron to life. He recruited a lot of talent to Ole Miss; too bad that now that they are good, he isn't around to reap the rewards.
Darryl Stangry
Feldman is one of the better journalists covering college football and this is a good read for those interested in how CFB recruiting works.
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