Mike Price gets barbecue for his players during weather delay
Posted by: Chris Vannini on October 1, 2012
Just call Mike Price, "The Caterer."
UTEP and East Carolina had to sit through an 80-minute lightning delay in the second quarter, and some of the Miners were hungry.
Instead of trying to paraphrase what ensued, I'll just let Price explain, as he did on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.
"Now, we've been there before," Price said regarding weather delay. "This happened in Las Cruces one time and we were in there two-and-a-half hours, and I went out and bought turkey legs. So as soon as we get in there, I talked to the players about adversity, we've been here before and all this kind of stuff. They're saying, 'Where are our turkey legs?'
"So the concessions are closed, and everything's closed and no one's really doing anything. So I said, 'Put some music on, take your shoulder pads off. We're going to be here a while.' Because every time there's another strike, it's a half-hour. So these guys are getting hungry, and I'm thinking, 'What the Hell?' So (I go) out there. These concession stands are closed, but I'm going to see if I can get these damn things open.
"Sure enough, there's a group of ladies selling barbecue buffet, hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and all this barbecue for the Girl Scouts of America. It was a fundraiser. They're not closed. Hey, get me a hundred brisket sandwiches and brats. Sure enough, I hauled them all into the locker room and we had something to eat and another hour we went out."
Unfortunately for Price, it wasn't enough in a 28-18 loss. But I imagine the sandwiches were tasty.
Below are Ruffin McNeill's postgame comments.
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