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"I'll say," says the major. "Boy, it didn't take all this to recruit me. Coach [Jack] Green and Coach [Stan] Kottemann came up to Baton Rouge to sign Jimmy Kepper and me. All they had to do was take us to dinner. Jimmy says to me, 'What you gonna eat?' I said, 'Fried chicken, I guess.' I didn't want to wreck the Tulane budget.
"When we get to the restaurant the waitress takes Jimmy's order first. Fried chicken. Then the two coaches ordered steaks. I said to myself, 'Boy, I'm changing my mind. I'm having a steak.' Jimmy never forgave me."
The small crowd that has gathered in the office laughs with the major.
"Have you seen the new field yet?" a man asks.
"No but I heard about it. Synthetic—uh, what is it?"
"Couldn't be prettier than the grass the last time we played LSU here. They had a horse show or something a few days before and the field was plowed up so bad you wouldn't believe it. Then when we go out to play that Saturday it's suddenly the prettiest green you ever saw. Vegetable dye."
They walk back down and through the chain-link fence and out onto the Sugar Bowl playing field. The major kneels and gingerly runs his hands over the blue-green rug.
"Two hundred and sixty thousand dollars worth," the publicist says.
"Gee, this is something. I bet a guy feels like he's running 60 miles an hour on this stuff. But I'd think you'd get brush burns when you fell on it."