Kevin Hart, a high-school offensive lineman from Fernley, Nev., had made up his mind. Two Pac-10 powers; either decision would be good: Cal or Oregon? Oregon or Cal? Well, in front of a packed gymnasium, he went with Cal. But there was a little problem. From the Reno Gazette-Journal via The Wizard of Odds:
Somebody, it appears, has been impersonating Cal coach Jeff Tedford. There never was a scholarship offer — let alone any official contact — from the Golden Bears.
Mark Hodges, the Fernley coach who has been a coach for more than 20 years, now says the matter is a “law enforcement investigation.”
Oregon was another so-called finalist for Hart, and somebody appears to have been impersonating an Oregon representative as well. An official from Oregon confirmed Hart was not being recruited. The validity of Hart’s other finalists — Nevada, Illinois and Oklahoma State — remain in question.
That’s a practical joke that went a tad bit too far. Kavario Middleton was really recruited by Washington, right? Right?