When it comes to college football, a cookie gift can make or break your season. No, really!
In the case of the University of Southern California, a cookie can giveth. And, in the case of the University of South Carolina, a cookie can almost taketh away.
Last December, we told you about Southern Cal’s winning streak that coincided with interim head coach Ed Orgeron’s decision to reinstate dessert at team meals. As the New York Times put it, "His reasoning: If you give a lineman a cookie, he’ll want to block for you.”
And just last month, cookie gifts crept into college football again.
According to the Associated Press, South Carolina just reported seven NCAA rules infractions committed by its football team. One violation related to “impermissible iced decorations on a cookie cake” given to high school recruits.
We’ll admit that we have no idea what that means. But it sure sounds delicious!
Fortunately for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, it doesn’t look like the decision to order cookies will bite his program any time soon. But when you live and die by your alma mater’s score on Saturday night, that’s a darn close call.
So, as we move forward into this college football season, try to be more like Orgeron than Spurrier. Order cookie gifts or gourmet brownies for your team … and make sure your order is properly reported to the NCAA.