THE MORNING CONSTITUTIONAL IS NOT GOING TO THE POST OFFICE

Joe Robbins

DON'T BE ABSURD

There are three things happening in college football right now: the O'Bannon trial, recruiting, and current players getting arrested for really stupid shit. And you know what? We don't feel like talking about any of those three things right now.

So we're going to talk about the guy who wrote to Paul Johnson almost every week for five years asking for a job on his staff, because that is something a crazy person does. Conservatively, that's two hundred letters, and, assuming he wasn't just printing the same one out week after week, good LORD that is so much effort. Did he write each one by hand? Did he really go the extra mile and use calligraphy? Was he ever going to stop?

Of course, the crazy part about this isn't that he did this. Someone has probably written 1000 letters to the FCC complaining that CBS Sunday Morning is "too sexual." (That Dr. Charles Osgood is raw eroticism, admittedly.) No, the crazy part is that it worked. Paul Johnson decided the best way to respond to weekly letters over a period of time longer than a presidential term was to extend a job offer. He wasn't weirded out by this postal deluge. He was impressed!

Please remember that the next time you laugh at some recruit who's flattered by getting 50 postcards from Mississippi State in one day, each with a different hand-drawn stick figure.

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