By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
SMITHVILLE – Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt was in Smithville Tuesday to help unload the team’s 18-wheel equipment truck loaded down with donations for the tornado-ravaged town.
Joined by athletic director Pete Boone among the athletic personnel, the university loaded the truck to the limit during a pair of Rebel Relief Smithville events the past nine days.
The supplies will help a lot of people continue to get back to their feet and Nutt talked about the importance of the school’s athletics in that effort.
“It’s so important. Go back to 9/11. One of the first things to get back going again was sports,” Nutt said. “It brings our country together. There’s nothing like it.”
Smithville football coach Bubba Tacker is confident the field will be ready by the Aug. 26 home opener against county rival Hatley.
“The school and sports in Smithville is kind of a hub of the community,” Tacker said. “So many people come to those football games who don’t even have people involved. It’s just a sense of pride. It’s vital to get those things back.”