Sept. 2, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Head football coach Brent Guy is starting a number of what he hopes become traditions at Utah State University this year, starting with taking his weekly radio show to the Aggie students.
Thursday night's show was staged on the patio of the Taggart Student Center and nearly 200 students were on hand to hear from the first-year head coach and two of his players. The students were provided the opportunity to be a big part of the show by asking questions on the air and a number of them contributed.
Katie Jo Nielsen, a graduate student from South Jordan, Utah, asked Guy what effect the cancellation of the Nichols State game would have on his team.
"I think it is great for the students to see what is going on with athletics because we never had that chance before," she said.
"I think it is awesome," he said. "It was a good time. It gives the students a chance to see who we are. At games we have our helmets on and they don't know who we are. It gives us a good chance to interact with them as we get to see them and they get to see us. I hope they do this every time."
Next Thursday's show is scheduled for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity House, while the Sept. 15 show will be held at a residence hall to be announced later. The show runs on KVNU 610 AM in Logan from 6:05-6:45 p.m. every Thursday.
Fazoli's Restaurant is the sponsor of the show and provides $2 meals to the students.
"I came out for both the show and the food," said freshman Brandon Butterfield. "Watching the coach talk was good."
His friend, sophomore James Bigelow agreed. "It is pretty rocking. It was a great atmosphere.
Guy was pleased as well.
"For the first night, we had a great turnout," the Aggie coach said. "We had close to 200 kids and they got to eat all you can eat spaghetti and you can't beat that as a college person. They got to ask the coach and players questions. I am excited that we were on campus and that we are connecting with the students. I want my football players to be students first and be connected to the students personally so that they know them and not just as a number on the field. It provides an opportunity for us all to connect a bit."
Guy said he enjoyed fielding questions from the students and looks forward to their questions all year long at the weekly show.
"I told them there are no dumb questions," he said. "This is about learning about football. This is a great opportunity for us to answer questions about why we do certain things, how we train, etc... It is a great exchange of ideas and information and hopefully comraderie will build and we will get the support from the student body that we need to be successful."
Future Show Locations
Sept. 8 Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity House Sept. 15 TBA Residence Hall Sept. 22 Summit Hall Student Living Center Sept. 29 Chi Omega Sorority House Future Dates TBA
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