Something strange is occurring. Yesterday, we learned that the coach for Bryce’s college football team had been let go. I have now become obsessed with the replacement. Let me just say that I adored their coach. He was kind, personable, and made an effort to push an agenda that would benefit the players not himself. That is a rare commodity in today’s college sports landscape. What the hell is happening that I am now contemplating the future of the next football coach at WKU????
This morning, I read the reports of who is on the list of possible replacements. I am weighing the pros and cons like I am the one making the decision. When did I become so interested in football? Okay, maybe it is because I have a dog in the fight. Maybe, it is possible that my body has been invaded by the spirit of my father who declared “football is my favorite sport” when all I ever saw him watch was basketball.
I was never interested in this full contact sport where an odd shaped ball was the subject of fascination. I never understood the fundamentals and still question what is happening since I get easily distracted by the people watching. But still, I am invested in who will replace the former coach. Not that any of this really affects Bryce, but there was a small part of me that felt comfortable with Coach Sanford in place. He personalized the environment. He knew my kid’s name. I know that isn’t the point, but as a Mom, it kind of gave me solace.
I know, in the end, it is all about how many games you win that leads to job security. That this particular field can be littered with uncertainty. But, never did I imagine that I would be reading up on all the possible contenders and weighing their probability. Mind you, I am not really analyzing their gifts as coaches. I am looking to see if they are decent human beings. Let’s face it, in the world of sports, integrity along with a moral compass is a novelty. The waiting game has begun.