Coaches come together at Pigskin Preview
Posted July 24
Forget the close proximity of the Triangle, The Pigskin Preview puts all of the area coaches at one table and the crew always provides some laughs along the way.
First year NC Central head coach Jerry Mack joined Duke's David Cutcliffe, North Carolina's Larry Fedora, East Carolina's Ruffin McNeill and NC State's Dave Doeren at the Embassy Suites in Cary Thursday.
"We're focused on camp like Larry is, we're focused on... look he's throwing microphones around now," said Cutcliffe as Fedora's microphone fell on the table.
Unlike most gatherings, this one includes questions that allow the audience to get to know the coaches outside of the game of football.
Moderator Don Shea asked the coaches about their secret talents.
"Fly fishing, that to me would be the number one thing that I love to do," said Doeren.
"I love to DJ. That's a plug for anybody that's got a party out there," said Mack.
And the coaches talked about what's on the top of their bucket lists.
"Bora Bora, where the island waters clear and they have those little huts over the water," said McNeill.
Tucked in with the personality was some real talk about the state of the sport. Each coach addressing the new college football playoff.
"I know whatever the number is you put out there, there's going to be a team left out," said Doeren. "You know, I think starting at four is a good number."
"I like what we've done, I truly do," said Cutcliffe. "We've had a playoff, it's been a two-team playoff but we're had a playoff for a long time. We have the healthiest regular season of all sport."
"Not a proponent of adding more teams because again we're talking about adding more games and again, unless we're going to get more scholarships and we're going to have more players to play with. And that's not going to happen," said Fedora.
The event closed with a simple question for all five coaches – how many of them could name all four members of the Beattles.
And only one could, Duke coach David Cutcliffe.
Good thing pop culture won't earn these guys a single point on the field this season.