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ESPN 30 for 30 - Marcus Dupree - The Best that Never Was - Money, Race, Scandal and College Football

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Uploaded on Nov 10, 2010

The Best That Never Was We learn that Dupree was the most courted player in the nation in 1982 (There was even a book entitled "The Courting of Marcus Dupree) and to say that recruiting violations were made may have been the biggest understatement in the history of sports at that time. We watch as Reverend Ken Farley leads Dupree astray and the young man ends up playing in the USFL. We see as Farley controls Dupree's money and fate controls Dupree's life when differences with Oklahoma Head Coach Barry Switzer and injuries leave the young Dupree to leaving the storied-school and going down a path of destruction. Eventually, Dupree would injure his leg and lose his dreams of football and everything else that comes along with that.

Hock clearly paints the picture that Farley used Dupree and helped destroy the young man's life. Barry Switzer mishandled this talent, Dupree's uncle got paid in the grand scheme of things and even Dupree's mother received a payout which allegedly came from Barry Switzer or an Oklahoma Booster to keep him playing at OU for what turned out to be only half of his Soph. season.

Amidst depression, a severe leg injury that would've destroyed the career of ANYBODY else, Dupree fought his way back to the NFL in 1990, 5 years after being injured. Marcus Dupree played 2 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams before being cut.

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