It's probably fair to say that Randy Moss didn't get off to the best of starts in college, but before all was said and done, his two years for Marshall were probably two of the most productive years for any wide receiver ever.
Moss had always wanted to play for Notre Dame, and when he was offered a scholarship, he gladly signed his letter of intent. Before enrolling, however, Moss was involved in a racially motivated fight, and Notre Dame refused to admit him afterward.
Moss wanted to instead go to Florida State, but the NCAA declared him ineligible to play because he had signed a letter of intent and therefore was a transfer, not a incoming true freshman.
Moss redshirted his 1995 freshman year as a transfer to Florida State. While serving a 30-day jail sentence, Moss tested positive for marijuana, violating his probation. He served an additional 60 days in jail and was expelled from Florida State.
Moss decided to attend Marshall, which was then a Division I-AA program, meaning he could play immediately without sitting out a year due to transfer rules.
After beginning his college career in Division I-AA, Marshall moved up in class to I-A for the 1997 season. Moss proved that his success in 1996 against I-AA opposition was no fluke or due to a lower level of competition.
Moss finished his career at Marshall with 4,706 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns—having played just 28 games.