I went to Saturday morning’s practice. I was planning to just summarize my thoughts on monday, but I couldn’t wait. We have hired the best coach in college football. I’m going to type this as a narrative for effect. Y’all that know me know I’ve spent my fair share of time around John Bunting and Butch Davis’ Tar Heel programs as well as Ron Rivera’s Panthers. I have never seen anything like I saw Saturday.
Drove onto campus from 29. At the stoplight it sounded like bombs were exploding. I was slightly concerned. Turned out to be the music blaring from the football stadium.
As I parked I could hear players screaming and yelling with excitement. It was not Kansas anymore.
As I walked into the stadium I was asked to sign my email address as well as offered to buy season tickets on the spot. I was offered a tour of the facility as well as invited down onto the field to watch practice from there.
On my way to the field I was invited to tour the field house 3 times before my feet touched turf. It was like being on a used car lot. (in the best way possible.)
High school coaches and recruits were EVERYWHERE. Fans EVERYWHERE. Everyone was so friendly to the high school kids, that one of them started talking to me. I had to explain to him that I am a booster and that’s a no fly zone, but I loved Charlotte with all my heart and I’d love to see him here.
Coaches come up to you and start talking to you randomly. Kids come up to you and start talking to you. They ask you who you are, where you are from, and if you go to games.
The guy beside me was hit by a play that went out of bounds. Healy comes and talks to our group for several minutes, apologizing to the guy as well.
I see Mike Hill. I spring to him like a child on christmas morning and thank him for the most amazing experience I’ve had around our football program.
Healy invites all high school football coaches to a “coaches social” EVERY friday night in the field house.
Kevin Donnally walks up to me and invites me on a tour of the field house.
Chris Thomasson stops and talks for several minutes.
You want access? It’s unparalleled. Coaches, recruiting coordinator, AD anybody.
Brady Pope had a particularly strong practice. 4-2-5 looks great. Several turnovers. We are going to play faster than the mullen offense.
If you hated the turnover bookbag, it’s not my surprise to spoil, but we have the coolest turnover “thing” I’ve ever seen. IF we win games next year, it will go viral.
If your kids are sick of losing, take them to a practice. It’s out of this world. They will want to do nothing but 49er football, I guarantee it. Every player/recruit is dancing/singing and the energy level is unmatched.
Man, I get it, everyone is tired of losing. IF you aren’t supporting though, you need to take those excuses, write them down on a nice blank sheet of paper. fold it up real tight, and shove it right up your butt. The time is now. This ain’t meemaw’s 49ers.
Don’t believe me? Come to practice next saturday. I’ll see you there.