Southern Miss' Coach Bought Suits for Players for Their First Post-Football Interviews

By D.J. Byrnes on December 10, 2013 at 9:40 am
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From Business Insider via the Hattiesburg American:

In a time when there is increasing debate over paying college athletes, it's refreshing to hear the story of how Southern Miss football coach Todd Monken found a small way to help his players that was not against the rules of the NCAA and its iron fist.

Using funds donated to the school's football program, Monken and his staff purchased suits for each of the team's 17 seniors according to Jason Munz of The purpose of the suits was to make sure each player had something to wear to their first job interview.

... Monken is in his first year as head coach at Southern Miss after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. Since the players have exhausted their eligibility the gifts did not violate NCAA rules.

This is on the same vein as Urban Meyer's "real life Wednesdays." There's A LOT of empty talk by college coaches about helping their players develop as "young men" under their tutelage, so it's refreshing to see somebody (almost literally) put their money when their mouth is.

Hat tip to Southern Miss and Todd Monken.

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