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In the Emperor’s Shadow

In Football, William & Mary on September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

After back-to-back losing seasons, it looked as if Jimmye Laycock’s time as head football coach of the William and Mary Tribe was coming to an end. But reports of Laycock’s demise were greatly exaggerated. With a 3-1 record — the only blemish, a near-upset of West Virginia — the Tribe are off to their best start since 2010, a season that ended in a Colonial Athletic Association championship for the College. After the Tribe’s second round loss to Georgia Southern, CDH’s Jack Lambert wrote a retrospective on Laycock’s tenure at the College.

Originally published Dec. 3, 2010 in The Flat Hat— 

“We came in and played very, very well. We came to play, and once we started playing, we didn’t stop. We played it all the way out.”
— Jimmye Laycock after the Tribe’s Nov. 20 win against Richmond.

Is that it, you wonder? After thirty years as a head coach, are those the only words Jimmye Laycock has left? Vague, empty words? Read the rest of this entry »

SEC Blues

In Football on September 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

CDH Editor Ian Brickey was at the Missouri Tigers’ home opener against the Murray State Racers. Mizzou won the game 58-14. This is what he remembers.

By and large, college students hate mornings. Mornings on college campuses are supposed to be reserved for two kinds of people: suckers who got the late jump on class registration and people skulking around in what they wore the night before. But Mizzou is different. If it’s possible, Mizzou almost feels more alive during the early morning. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I woke up Saturday to a text that said, “Wake the f— up and get ready.”

Football is kind of a big deal at Mizzou. And since the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, that football culture has only increased. It doesn’t matter that the Tigers aren’t expected to do anything in the conference this year. Saturday home games are high holy days in Columbia, Mo., and must be treated accordingly. This includes tailgates, alumni events and parties. I went to William and Mary, and I was unprepared for this. At William and Mary, tailgating was what sad old crones did out of the trunks of a few Camrys before heading back to the Washington, D.C. suburbs. With a bit of luck, the game was over before before your freshman hallmate’s band performed awful Carbon Leaf covers at Homebrew.

So, when my friend invited me to attend the Tigers opening game of the 2013 season against the Murray State Racers, I jumped at the opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

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