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Want to Hear the Coach Talk Recruiting? Get Out Your Wallet

So you're a big Maryland football fan and you want to hear Ralph Friedgen talk about Kenny Tate, Eteyen Edet, Zach Kerr and rest of the Terps' recruiting class when the beginning of the signing period starts on Wednesday. Well, unless you're a member of the football booster club, it's going to cost you $20. That gets you admission to the Riggs Alumni Center, some snacks and acccess to a cash bar. (For members of the Maryland Gridiron Network, there's an open bar and discussion with the coaches that follows.)

Maryland is not alone in turning the signing of recruits into an event for fans. At least three other schools will charge admission for similar proceedings. Minnesota will charge $10 for the 'Sota Social, which includes food and beverage as well as a silent auction. The pep band and dance team will perform at Georgia Tech's event, which also includes appetizers and a cash bar for $10. Those are a bargain compared to the $27 admission ($22 for booster club members) for its event that includes a "home-style buffet" as well as a cash bar.

I've yet to hear back from Virginia Tech about its plans. A Virginia spokesman said the Cavaliers will not hold any public events, but like just about every other school, will post a list of recruits and some of their highlights as the signed letters-of-intent roll in.

Not sure about everyone else, but has it gotten to the point where the signing of recruits is a game worth charging admission for?

By Josh Barr  | February 1, 2008; 11:03 AM ET
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If they're serving snacks then I expect to pay something. I'm gladly planning to cough up my $20 to see the recruit videos and hear from the Fridge. I can't get enough college football - spring practice doesn't start for a long time!

Posted by: PR | February 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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