When college football fans have an opportunity to go behind the scenes, meet coaches, or players it is a treat for those fans. Lindsey Jacob, of Eugene, Oregon, is living that experience this week. Lindsey was the winner of a contest is allowing her to attend the American Football Coaches Awards Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
The American Football Coaches Awards show will be taking place inside the Opryland Resort.
I had the opportunity to talk with Lindsey for a few minutes about her experience so far at the awards show and her life-long obsession with the Oregon Ducks. She brought her best friend Cassie with her to enjoy the festivities and to enjoy the night life in Nashville.
Lindsey Jacob was born and raised in Eugene and according to her there was no doubt that she would be a Duck fan.
“Everything in Eugene is about the Ducks.” Lindsey explained.
Lindsey loves attending Duck football games with her friends, family, or just about anybody that will go with her.
“The atmosphere at Autzen Stadium is so fun. There are so many things going on during the game.” Lindsey said.
I told her that I was in attendance for the Arizona State/Oregon football game in Eugene and totally agreed with the happenings at Autzen. It is one of the most unique experiences that a college football fan can have.
Lindsey explained that just having the opportunity to see these coaches and the opportunity to walk the green carpet prior to awards ceremony will be the things that she is looking forward to. She has already got to meet Duke head coach David Cutliffe.
“David Cutliffe was very nice. I think meeting the Navy head coach would be great as well. Willie Taggart would be great to meet too.” She said with laugh in her response.
Well, of course, meeting the new Oregon Duck coach would be something that would be high on her list. I certainly got the feeling that meeting anybody surrounding the Oregon program would a bucket list item for Lindsey.
Is there a college football team that she doesn’t like?
Yes. However, it wasn’t exactly the team I thought it would be. I told her she could not say Oregon State and her answer came pretty quick.
“Stanford. They beat us at home and knocked us out of the top 10.” Lindsey spoke with a hint of bitterness about.
I didn’t have the heart to really press her about the Civil War loss to Oregon State. She knew I was a Beaver alum and I knowing that she was a Duck fan kept talk about the rivalry pleasantly cordial. We all know who won though.
Lindsey did seem excited about Willie Taggart, the new Oregon coach.
“I like his energy and his ability to recruit.” She explained.
At the end of day, Lindsey Jacob is living the dream that many college football fans can only dream about. Just talking to Lindsey for the short amount of time I am convinced that she will take advantage of the opportunity. She will soak it all in and relive the experience many times over in her mind. Like any other fan would.