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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A negative recruiting story involving Dallas?

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

With national signing day for college football coming Wednesday, I wanted to pass along an interesting tale involving a high school recruit from Georgia, Urban Meyer and the Dallas Cowboys. A running back from Lithonia, Ga., named Mack Brown (no relation to the Texas coach) who plans to sign with Florida on Wednesday told the Orlando Sentinel that rival college recruiters used some rather interesting (dirty) tactics in trying to persuade him to switch his commitment in recent weeks.

"They would say, he’s tricking ya’ll -- he’s going to the NFL to coach the Dallas Cowboys,” said Brown. “I was like ‘What?’ There’s no way.”

Sounds like a pretty far-fetched idea to me. After all, Meyer's retirement only lasted that one evening, so it's not like he had much time to visit with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Honestly, coaches will say just about anything in order to land a recruit. Brown refused to divulge the names of the coaches or schools who allegedly made those statements, but the Sentinel notes that Tennessee and Florida State were in hot pursuit of the running back over the past month.

Jones is one of the only NFL owners who can point to a success story when it comes to hiring a head coach directly from the college ranks. But I think he realizes that Jimmy Johnson is one of those once-in-a-lifetime personalities. That's why I'd be shocked if the Cowboys ever hired (Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer, etc.) as a head coach.

Jones has explained to me before that the time and resources you have to commit to bringing a college coach up to speed aren't worth the risk.