Former OU football player John Goodman says recruiting wasn't always a slimy business

by Jenni Carlson Published: January 27, 2011
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John Goodman swears that recruiting practices back in the day weren't always sleazy and slimy.

Not even at Oklahoma.

Even though the Sooners were once known for some outrageous behavior on the recruiting trail, Goodman remembers being surprised during a visit back in the early 70s with then-Sooner assistant Donnie Duncan.

“I remember going out to a Denny's or something to talk ... and having to pay for my iced tea,” Goodman said.

He chuckled.

“I can promise you, the other schools didn't make me pay for anything.”

A standout defensive end from Dallas, Goodman was being recruited by the likes of Texas and Texas A&M but ultimately ended up choosing the Sooners over the Aggies on signing day.

“At least for me when I was being recruited ... they were probably the cleanest because they had just come off probation in '74,” Goodman said of the Sooners.

Goodman, who eventually played six years for the Pittsburgh Steelers and now works in Oklahoma City, wasn't turned off by the lack of perks from the Sooners. He didn't even mind having to pay for his own beverage.

“I respected that,” he said. “That's a recruiting inducement, I guess, if I get my tea paid for.”

By Jenni Carlson


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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