Vacation travel can be a nightmare, as much of the country experienced last week. Airports are crowded, tensions are high and most importantly the weather is hardly cooperating. The same is true for college football players who try to participate in each bowl game.
Thankfully, it’s also gift-giving season. This is where college basketball coaches helped get football players where they needed to be.
Just days before his team’s Sun Bowl matchup against UCLA, Pittsburgh Coach Pat Narduzzi shared the story of three players stranded in Dallas en route to El Paso. Thankfully UTEP Men’s basketball coach Joe Golding found himself in the same position, so he and his family rented a car to give the coveted players a lift.
“They got here late last night,” Narduzzi said on Monday. “So I just wanted to give them a shout out. Just get back to hospitality.”
Narduzzi said he had never heard of or met Golding before this chance meeting. So Goulding’s offer to drive players even more generous is even bigger. Even if the two groups are facing the same direction, it’s a nine hour drive.
The Panthers will face the Bruins on Friday at 2:00 PM ET. Perhaps Golding will be in attendance to further support the newly converted fans of Pittsburgh.