I wasn't going to blog about this until I read the details, and now I have to. I'm still scratching my head over it.
You might have heard that Mississippi State is holding an online auction for one lucky fan to coach the White team in the Maroon-White game on April 18. I'll quote directly from the press release:
"As head coach, the lucky fan will participate in staff meetings as the teams are 'drafted,' give the pregame speech and make the tough gameday decisions for their team."
Wow, really? Are we being serious? You're letting some rich goober call plays and give a pregame speech? Hey, we all know how inspiring a pre-spring game speech can be. I wonder if the players will be able to keep from snickering.
Kudos to coach Dan Mullen, or whoever thought this up, for trying. But they're trying too hard. The fans are on board. As much as I'm for giving fans a chance at behind-the-scenes access, this is overkill. You've got a struggling team trying to learn a new offense that requires the sort of personnel State doesn't yet have, and you're screwing around with this "coach for a day" business? It's literally like letting some guy off the street give a big presentation to an important client.
Am I overreacting here? I think not.
Any guesses on what the winning bid will be? I'll start the bidding high, at 99 cents.