Prankster Offers Real Coaches Fake Jobs, Records Conversations
College dropout and prankster Ken Tarr has recently been calling NCAA and NFL football coaches, and pretending to be a headhunter with a job offer.
Back in June, The Village Voice profiled Tarr and the many pranks he has already pulled on talk shows in which he pretends to be a fake guest.
Tarr began his hoaxes at the tender age of 11 when he called a radio show hosted by a psychologist and claimed his stepmother was peaking at him in the shower.
Over the past few weeks, Tarr has been making job offer calls to coaches from his Los Angeles home. Obviously, this causes embarrassment to the coach and the team that he is currently employed by.
"It's basically a new frontier for me," the prankster told Deadspin.com. "I'm amazed that they're returning any of these calls."
Tarr recently called Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy and offered him the head coaching job at USC, which had to issue a statement denying it was true after Dungy talked about the "offer" on the "The Dan Patrick Show," noted NBCSports.com.
Deadspin.com reports that Tarr offered San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt a coaching job at the University of Texas.
"Sure. Sure, I think it's a great program. I've got a lot of respect," responded Whisenhunt. "I've had a lot number of guys in my program. Sam Acho is one of the guys that played under me, and I have a lot of respect for the program, and certainly the history of it. So, absolutely."
In another call, Tarr offered University of Hawaii coach Norm Chow a job as a New York Giants offensive consultant.
After admitting he doesn't follow pro football that closely, Chow responds, "Well, you know, I'd be honored. Obviously, our season is pretty quick. So if something were to come up, I'd be honored."
Why does Tarr pull these stunts? The prankster wants to expose what he calls "arrogance" in the sports and entertainment worlds.
"I like that these teams are so arrogant that they set up these press conferences where reporters have to ask these polite questions just so the teams can feed them bull---- by saying whatever they want that's going to make the team look good. I can have my own press conference on my couch," Tarr told Deadspin.com.