They have officially run out of ideas.
A couple months ago we showed you the 54 handwritten letters that Ole Miss sent to a recruit in a single day. Another recruit received 102 letters in one day from the University of Tennessee. These aren’t the only instances either. College football recruiting is a sport in and of itself — a cutthroat one at that. Let a recruit think other schools are showing him more attention than yours, and sometimes that’s all it takes to lose out on his signature. It’s a year-round job.
With all these letters going out, not to mention countless Facebook messages, texts, Twitter interactions, etc., it begs the question, “What the hell are they sending these kids?”
Evidently, the football staff at Mississippi State sends out letters like this one, per Michael Ferns’ instagram account.
“Ummm… Thanks Coach” = not signing with the Bulldogs.
When these coaches take the carpetbombing approach to recruiting and mail correspondence, I suppose it’s natural to give minimal effort on a few of the many letters. Regarding Tennessee’s aforementioned 102 letters, what’s left to say in the final 98 after you’ve covered everything in the first four?
A few scenarios could have played out with this letter from Mississippi State, one of them being the “I hope he doesn’t open letter number 34 in this batch” approach. Pretty sure letter #47 was a doodle of a pair of testicles. Luckily, Ferns never opened that one. Another possible scenario is that one of the coaches subcontracted the job of writing letters to one or two of his children. I could definitely see a 12-year-old scribbling something like that down.
However it played out, this is embarrassing.