Man, those Southerners do not f*ck around when it comes to their college football. You always hear that football is basically a religion in the SEC, but you don’t really understand the scope of it unless you experience it firsthand or you read a story like this one.
In an interview with 104.5 ESPN, Parkway High School head coach David Feaster revealed that he will not let Alabama coaches on his campus for any reason, especially recruiting.
“LSU’s welcome in my school anytime,” Feaster said in the interview. “The only school that can’t come to Parkway is Alabama. And there’s a long story behind that, but it had to do with not being ethical in their recruiting.”
Now, before you jump down this dude’s throat (like I was ready to) for intentionally hindering the potential futures of his players due to some stupid rivalry, think again. Feaster actually has a totally decent and respectable reason.
So what’s that long story? Well, Feaster says it is because of Alabama’s recruitment of Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris a few years ago. Feaster talked about the way former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and then-receiver coach Billy Napier recruited his star quarterback.
“They love the guy,” Feaster said. “(They say), ‘Hey, coach, we want to offer Brandon.’ I said, ‘OK, good. How many quarterbacks have you offered so far?’ (They said) ‘about 6 or 7.’ So I said, ‘So you really haven’t offered anybody.’ (They said), ‘Well, coach, an offer from us at quarterback is really an offer to come to camp.’ I said, ‘OK, I understand what you’re saying. You are offering these kids to meet Nick Saban. It’s a big deal and he might go. But what I am telling Brandon is you only have so much money and so much time to spend, go to the schools that have you atop the boards.”
You’re telling me that Nick Saban’s recruiting methods are arrogant and douchey? No kidding. What a shocker.