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Right or wrong, Memphis' reputation stained

Updated: March 2, 2001, 1:41 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

In a typical year, Memphis Central football coach Al Cate says anywhere from eight to ten SEC coaches visit his practices, in search of the next college star.

This year, that number dropped to two.

The reason? Fear.

With high school recruiting scandals surfacing at two of Memphis' inner-city schools, leaving at the very least Alabama and Kentucky under serious NCAA investigations, many college football recruiters wanted very little to do with the area this past recruiting ...

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