Roy Exum: Pat Sullivan Sad And Glad

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - by Roy Exum

Pat Sullivan, the head football coach at Samford, just announced he will miss his team’s opening game this Friday against Georgia State. Sadly, he is still recovering from back surgery. Chattanooga fans will remember that he wasn’t on the sidelines last year when UTC beat the Bulldogs, 20-13, due to pneumonia.

Sullivan, a cancer survivor, has missed all of fall camp this August after his back was fused in July, yet he hoped to be back by the Friday game. Defensive coordinator Bill D'Ottavio will serve as head coach in Sullivan's absence, just as he did against UTC last year.

But the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner from Auburn had to be glad when AL.com, after conducting a reader’s poll all summer, named him as both the best all-time high school quarterback and high school player ever in the state. Sullivan played at John Carroll Catholic and was a high school All-American as both a junior and a senior before he became a sensation at Auburn.

In the voting for the “greatest player,”  Sullivan was followed – in order -- by David Palmer, Kenny Stabler, Cornelius Bennett, Ozzie Newsome, Tim Castille, JaMarcus Russell and Andre Smith. In the “best quarterback” race, Stabler was second, followed by Bart Starr, JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Rutledge, Condredge Holloway, and Pat Trammell.

* * *

Four football players from William Patterson University, a Division III school in Wayne, New Jersey, walked into Buddy’s Small Lots store last Sunday to get some sunglasses and batteries. They waited for the clerk, looking everywhere for somebody after gathering the items, but the store was quiet. Finally, one player posed in front of the security camera, waved enough money to pay for the items, and the players left the cash on the counter.

Thomas James, Kell’e Gallimore, Jelani Bruce and Anthony Biondi did the right thing and suddenly, in a day when players’ off-the-field antics so often wind up on the police blotter, the Pioneers of William Patterson U. are getting far-different raves across the country.

It turns out Buddy’s Small Lots was supposed to be closed but somebody left the lights on from the night before. The locking system on the door also malfunctioned. Police called the owner to say the burglar alarm had been tripped and, when Marci saw the money, she got the thrill of her life when she finally studied the security tape.

William Patterson’s head coach, Jerry Flora, wasn’t surprised at all when he heard what the players had done. “That’s the kind of kids we try to recruit so we can obviously deal with a lot less headaches, if you know what I mean.”

Store owner Marci Lederman was thrilled by the players’ honesty. “They could have ransacked the store. They really could have done anything. They were perfect gentlemen. They were looking to see was anybody here. They even looked in the back to make sure no one was lying on the floor dead.”

Lederman was so moved she called a local TV station to share the tape and the story. On Tuesday she gave each player a $50 gift certificate. “They were just very thankful and grateful. They’re nice kids.”

* * *

There is a classified ad in the current issue of Indiana Auto & RV classifieds that is causing quite a stir and has gone viral on the Internet. It reads: “2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod. 12,500 mi., nice bike. Fast, pretty, great ride, girlfriend pregnant, wife knows, must sell, lawyer wants money. $7,800.

* * *

Glenn Miller wouldn’t know what had hit him if the famed band leader were still alive today. A dazzling singing group made up completely of Russian women is called ??????? 10, or Soprano 10 in English,) and it is fun to watch them sing the “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”

royexum@aol.com


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Not Everything Has Been Done To Save Hutcheson

I am a resident of Walker County and I have a personal belief that a hospital ranks equal to other basic services a community should offer (like police, fire, emergency services, school systems, government, etc.). I am not privy to all the management and financial conundrums concerning the feasibility of maintaining and growing Hutcheson, and as a private citizen I don’t believe ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Freeman-Led Owls Whip Cleveland, 30-14, To Win 5-AAA Title

Junior Rashun Freeman's stunning versatility stole the show Friday night. Freeman caught a touchdown pass, returned a punt for a second score and had one of three Ooltewah interceptions as the fourth-ranked Owls whipped Cleveland, 30-14, to win the District 5-AAA championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at James N. Monroe Stadium. “I practice hard and that shows ... (click for more)

Daoust Dashes For 251 Yards As Rhea Defeats East Hamilton, 42-14

Zach Daoust gained 251 yards and scored one of Rhea County’s six rushing touchdowns and the Golden Eagles pulled away with a strong fourth quarter to defeat East Hamilton’s Hurricanes, 42-14, in a non-district football game at East Hamilton High. The Hurricanes fell to 2-7 overall while losing for the fifth time in six games. East Hamilton concludes its season at Bradley Central ... (click for more)