Full-time college football is just over a week away and we get this news out of the South Carolina Gamecock camp.
Holtz praises return of 39-year-old walk-on receiver
I'll give you a minute for that to sink in. (Heaven knows, it caught me by surprise). Yes, you read that right--the Gamecocks have a 39-year-old walk-on reciever by the name of Tim Frisby
. Frisby is a former airborne Ranger who is currently purusing his degree at USC. He is the father of six-children. He participated in spring practice but didn't play in any scrimmages. And now he's back with the team, trying it again.
Part of me has to admire the guy for having the guts to go out there and do this. I mean, I am only a few years younger than him, but I'm not sure I could even get out there in the field and be in the physical shape required to keep up with kids who were 20 or more years younger than I am. Plus, I have to wonder--where does the guy get the energy with six kids?
However, in his continuing attempts to provide me with amusement, Lou Holtz was quoted as saying the following.
“He just wants to help the Gamecocks. He loves the game, and he wants to be here, and he’s 39 years of age. The good Lord knows, when I was 39 I didn’t even want to play video football,” said Holtz, who had been a head coach for eight years when he was 39.
“But he’s good for the team. He’s our Rudy,” added Holtz, referring to Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the Notre Dame walk-on whose underdog story was later turned into a movie.
A couple of responses to Lou. They didn't have video football when you were 39 Lou. Heck, they didn't even have electricity when you were 39. You've been coaching since Methusulah was a boy. But I guess age is all relative. And to Lou, this guy is just another young whipper-snapper. And next up, Lou, this just shows why this year you still will be playing catch-up in the East with the Vols, Florida and Georgia. Sure, this idea is great for publicity, but unless this guy is Superman, I can't see him contributing. But I guess Lou is REALLY thinking outside the box on this one.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/25/2004 01:42:00 PM