Sept. 19, 2013
September 19, 2013
If Orange is the new Black, Thursday is my Wednesday. My usual schedule for the blog is Wednesday, but once again I’m writing Thursday afternoon.
Why You Ask?
It has been a great week! Our Director of Athletics Pat Chun often says “Make Today Great. If you have seven great days, you have a great week. If you have four great weeks, you have a great month. If you have 12 great months, you have a great year.
My great week started about 4 a.m. Sunday when we returned from the victorious USF game. I returned to my office to new carpet. By 5:30 a.m., I had the furniture, photos, files and computer back in order. By 7 a.m., I had a good start to this week’s notes and was heading home. I returned to the office around 4 p.m. to work a little more on the notes (finished notes are about 40 pages) and submitted the nominations to Conference USA for players of the week. I had a great feeling about D’Joun and the possibilities of the football program’s chances for his selection. I didn’t fathom what I would later learn. (Men’s soccer player Ryan Price also earned C-USA men’s soccer offensive player of the week honors bringing our department’s total to three thus far.)
Monday morning Coach Pelini, D’Joun Smith and Daniel McKinney attended the weekly press conference and Jaquez Jackson joined Coach Pelini and Ken LaVicka at the weekly radio show. All went well and the notes were nearly complete.
By Tuesday, the students at FAU, along with FAU, announced the formation of the Hootigans. Late Tuesday I was told D’Joun Smith earned the Jim Thorpe defensive back player of the week honors, the football program’s first national player of the week honor. We were permitted to announce it Wednesday morning and what a great feeling it is to see someone who has worked and believed in the coaches to be recognized. We also introduced The Cove which will be located in the southeast corner (or Atlantic) side of the stadium.
Today Coach Pelini and the coordinators reviewed the team with the CSS television talent for Saturday and the team held their final practice of the week.
Tomorrow the team will do their final walk through of the game and our staff will set up the press areas for 88 working members plus 45 who will be here work the game for CSS.
Here is to another great game, day, week, month and year.