Driving Away From the Cotton Bowl?
Did do-everything Arkansas Razorback Darren McFadden jeopardize his Cotton Bowl eligibility by picking the wrong time to enjoy the comforts of a Cadillac Escalade? Well, if you listen to the buzz coming out of Little Rock, there’s certainly something going on worth paying attention to.
According to numerous reports (Arkansas news outlets and a number of sports blogs, starting with SPORTSbyBROOKS), the Arkansas running back and Heisman hopeful was seen driving around in Cadillac’s SUV and if it turns out to be a “gift,” there’s a good chance McFadden won’t be playing in the Cotton Bowl on January 1st, 2008; a possibility most Missouri fans are no doubt enjoying.
Of course, getting to the bottom of the story is going to be a long and winding road, something FanHouse pointed out quite well. Did Mike Conley (agent for NBA rookies, Mike Conley, Jr. and Greg Oden) buy the vehicle for McFadden while number 5 was present or is it his step-mother’s? These are the questions being asked and it doesn’t look like the situation will be any clearer by next Tuesday, meaning there’s still a chance McFadden will play.
Whatever the findings are, I’m not sure if Darren used his common sense in either accepting or borrowing such a attention-grabbing vehicle (especially when a player like McFadden steps out of it). Perhaps he should’ve listened to the tale of woe that is Reggie Bush’s senior year is becoming… either that, or kept on driving the Crown Vic until the season was officially over.
As of now, The Hog Blogger has been silent on the issue. I’m definitely curious about what they have to say about this situation. Did McFadden jump in a time machine and go back to the 80s where college athletes were given everything on a silver platter or is this just a case of mistaken vehicle use?