Smell those butts on Co-Lin campus

Published 5:00 am Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sniff, sniff.

What’s that sweet aroma filling the air around theCopiah-Lincoln Community College campus in Wesson?

Co-Lin’s third annual Boston Butts sale is under way. Footballplayers are selling the meat package as a fund-raising effort.Order now. Pick up the butts, starting June 28. Cost is $30 perbutt.

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Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis and his staff will begincooking/smoking the butts on a gigantic open grill next Wednesday.The project is a team effort and it has enjoyed remarkablesuccess.

Davis said the butt campaign provides extra funds forimprovements in Co-Lin’s football facilities. There are newdressing cubicles and foot lockers in the home dressing room. “They(butts revenue) enable us to do things that our budget doesn’tallow us to do.”

Each member of the Wolfpack football team is rewarded for hisefforts. Davis said every player receives a windsuit and dry-fitworkout shirt.

“If they sell 10 (butts) or more, they’ll win a pair of workoutshoes,” said Davis. “We always give a grand prize for the playerthat sells the most. One year we had two players sell over 100Boston Butts apiece. Last year we had a guy who sold 80.”

Naturally, not all customers will be contacted before thecooking begins. Davis said, “If our players happen not to get tothem, they can get in touch with me or the coaching staff.”

He said cooking would continue through June 30. It would make agreat purchase for the Fourth of July.

Past sales have been rewarding. “We’ve been fortunate,” saidDavis. “We’ve been selling 85-90 cases of meat. That’s about 750 to800 Boston butts.”

Davis said the butts arrive precooked. The coaches hickory smokethem. They weigh from 8-10 pounds each. They will use a largecooker from Hazlehurst. It smokes from 80-90 butts at a time.

Orders can be placed by telephone. Call Davis at 601-757-1007 orleave a message at 601-643-8347.

Looking ahead, Co-Lin’s 2006 football season is just around thecorner. Preseason practice begins Aug. 5, with physical exams, pluscoat and tie pictures that day. That will precede three days ofpractice in shorts and helmets.

Co-Lin’s first game is Thursday, Aug. 31, when the Wolves hostthe Northwest Community College Rangers. Kickoff is 7 p.m. in StoneStadium. Also, fans will have an opportunity to view the stadium’snew scoreboard.

The 13th Annual Co-Lin Foundation Golf Classic was anothersuccessful adventure. Yours truly had the opportunity to play andwork the 18-hole event. Our scramble partners were Chris Dunn andJames Watkins of Magee and Lamar Banks of Madison. Together, wemanaged to shoot a 9-under-par 63 and a net score of 58.

It was a sweat-soaked, brutally hot and humid afternoon but wesurvived. Dunn, you may recall, holds the Co-Lin season record forhome runs, set in 2000, when the Wolfpack went to the NJCAADivision II World Series and finished fourth.

Dunn, a second baseman, signed with Southern Miss but wound uptransferring to William Carey College where he continued slugginghomers. He can drive the golf ball out of sight, too.

Chris is married and working as a real estate officer withTrustmark Bank. His brother-in-law is former Co-Lin first basemanJosh McNulty.

Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit is in themarket for a new head football coach. After 5 years at the helm,Dom Green has departed, taking a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Green will scout the Carolinas for NFL prospects.

For sure, Green’s late departure puts Southwest in a bind.Southwest president Dr. Oliver Young wished Green well in his newendeavor. Green compiled a 16-26 record during his time as headcoach and was 3-4, last season in a hurricane-shortened campaign,including a 36-19 win over Co-Lin.

Players arrive on the Southwest campus Aug. 1. Young said he waslooking for a successful, experienced coach. Current assistantcoach Ryan Ross had served as offensive coordinator under Green.Ross, a Brookhaven product, is considered one of the leadingcandidates for the job.

Doug Lucas, another former BHS assistant, works as defensivecoordinator at Southwest. Lucas could put his hat in the ring,too.

Green was promoted to head coach when Ken Edenfield departed.Young said he was looking for a man with college coachingexperience and the ability to recruit players.

Write to sports editor Tom Goetz, c/o The DAILY LEADER, P.O.BOX 551, Brookhaven, MS 39602 or