It is utterly ludicrous to have baby tigers wrestling around your office. It is completely over-the-top to lay back comfortably in your chair with two of the world's most deadly predators at your feet, even if they are adorable. However, is it a necessary tactic to attract some of the most talented recruits that the state of Texas has to offer? Well, maybe. In all honesty I am not too sure, but it's better to be safe, relatively speaking, than sorry. Hey, if I am going to trust someone to have a finger on the pulse of the modern day athlete it's Charlie Strong. After all, he pretty much nailed all the vices that a college athlete faces during his time at Louisville...
I'll tell you this much, if there were more Charlie Strong's in this world there would be a lot less players falling in the draft. Am I right Randy Gregory? Shane Ray? Frank Clark? Some people thought such obvious things didn't need to be written down, and I bet those same people think you don't need predatory mammals to get the attention of athletes. Neither could be farther from the truth. Kids these days just want you to flash something shiny in front of them. Something they haven't been exposed to. Seventeen year old kids don't want to hear about defensive schemes or protections, they want to be impressed. Since damn near every collegiate team has fancy new jerseys and the party poopers at the NCAA have cracked down on finanicial incentives there are only so many directions in which you can go. With that said, I doubt you can find anything more mesmerizing than a couple of baby tigers? Hell, I'm ready to enroll in grad school at Texas just for the sheer novelty of walking them around campus. There is a a lot of things you can say about Strong. You can say he's crazy, you can say he's a dictator, but don't you dare say he isn't thinking outside of the box. Plus, nothing says "trust me" like a man that trusts tigers.
P.S. Might want to ignore all calls from unknown numbers Charlie. Something tells me PETA is flipping through the rolodex and has a bone to pick with you.