Better Than TV: The Saga of Reuben Foster
I’ll admit I’ve never understood the fascination with recruiting. After this weekend, that has all changed. The Reuben Foster drama is better than Sunday night with Honey Boo Boo.
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m hooked. The continual updates on message boards this weekend became more intoxicating than a night at Charlie Sheen’s house.
Where’s Reuben now? Is he here or in Tuscaloosa? What about his mama? Who’s she talking to? What happened Friday night between Foster and the Auburn player? What about that tweet?
The drama has been every bit as low brow as an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and judging from the traffic, Auburn people couldn’t get enough of it.
If you had better things to do this weekend than follow the trail of an 18 year-old star linebacker and I pray that you did, let me fill you in.
The five-star recruit from Auburn High School arrived on campus Friday for his much ballyhooed official visit to the Plains. According to numerous sources, Foster had a disagreement with an Auburn starter shortly after arriving that resulted in him leaving town the next day and heading to Tuscaloosa.
Alabama wide receiver Chris Jones tweeted Saturday evening that he was hanging out in Tuscaloosa with Foster and running back prospect Alvin Kamara. Minutes later the tweet disappeared; but as we all know by now, nothing ever goes away entirely on the internet.
At 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Bryan Matthews of 247 Sports confirmed that Foster had left Auburn and was in Tuscaloosa.
Message boards across the South exploded and Auburn fans around the state had another drink. This is what has become of college football in 2013 – tracking an 18 year-old kid who’s not yours on a Saturday night. It’s sad on so many levels, yet so damn fascinating.
Then word came that while Foster paraded his AU arm tattoo around T-Town, his mother remained back in Auburn huddled with the coaching staff. Was (is) she maybe still on-board with Auburn?
Yesterday, Matthews posted that Foster was terribly confused. You think? Hell, we all are at this point.
As for the Auburn player involved in the rumored Friday night flair up with Foster, I won’t go there and divulge his name. You can easily find it on your own. There was even an unconfirmed tweet by him saying he was not sorry for what happened. Then it disappeared. Who needs HBO? We’ve got Reuben.
The season finale is expected tonight at 6 p.m. when Foster makes his announcement on Fox Sports. To add to the drama, the show will not actually air until 9 p.m.
I really hate to see it end. Who knows what could happen if we had another week. I guess I’ll have to wait until Mad Men starts back this spring to get my fix.