As head coach at Pima College, Pat Nugent often says the best he can do for his players when they leave his office or football field is pat them on the butt and hope they get Top Ramen for dinner.
For Seth Ellis, it was one year in the making.
Pima College coach Pat Nugent has had his eyes on Tyler D'Amore for a few years.
Former Ironwood Ridge star Tyler D'Amore, hoping to be Pima's No. 1 quarterback, played Division II football at Nebraska-Kearney in 2012.
When Pima College lost Max Shepherd to a knee injury in the spring, its quarterback situation became a poor man's version of Arizona's quest to replace Matt Scott.
You can call it whatever you want - homesickness, maybe? - but Pima football's 0-5 record away from home in 2012 was not good. Its 1-5 record at home isn't anything to, well, write home about, either. But, the Aztecs might have even fewer chances to win at home in 2013.
The man who I believe has the single most difficult coaching job in Southern Arizona, Pima College football coach Pat Nugent, did something far more difficult Friday. He eulogized his father, John Nugent, during a service in Oro Valley.
It's easy to cheer for Pima College coach Pat Nugent, who didn't bail on the Aztecs after a 1-10 season. "You may see a little bit of Dad in me," says Nugent, who eulogized his father, John Nugent, a coaching legend in Rye, N.Y., who died last week in Oro Valley.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, named Saturday to the AL All-Star team, also played in the 2007 game.
Former Salpointe boys and girls volleyball coach Amy Johnson says she was forced out by parental pressure. Salpointe officials won't comment.
Terrence Miller has only seven career starts at Arizona.
In November of his junior season at Canyon del Oro, Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 427 yards and scored six touchdowns in a playoff victory over Glendale Apollo, and I remember his old coach, Pat Nugent, saying it might not have been Carey's best game.
I was talking to Alfonso Avitia about his record-breaking performance this week when a passing teammate, in the deep sing-songy cadence that only a teenage football player possesses, grunted with joy in our direction.
In the post-game mob scene at Arizona Stadium, as quarterback Matt Scott conducted the band in "Bear Down, Arizona," Raquel Rodriguez found her father in the crowd, took a running start and jumped into his arms, an embrace that probably meant as much to Rich Rodriguez as hanging 59 points on…
Jeff Green went to college to become an engineer. He would major in calculus, meet a nice girl, move home to Worthington, Ohio, raise a family and work the 9-to-5 shift.