Thursday, June 7, 2012
The college road trips with son Andy continued last weekend.
You might remember the one to Rochester College near Detroit, Mich., back in January. This one wasn’t that far, but it stretched to two Southeast campuses.
He had been wanting to visit Faulkner University, a church-affiliated college in Montgomery, Ala., for some time but we could not work out a good traveling date.
In the meantime, he had secured a job working a week-long summer basketball camp at the University of South Alabama in Mobile June 3-9.
We decided to try and combine the two – figuring out a way for me to get a ride home from Mobile on Sunday because Andy needed to keep his vehicle.
Emma, our Southern Miss senior, is moving off campus this semester. We needed to get some furniture, specifically a bed, to her.
Friday, Andy and I headed toward Birmingham, for an overnight stop en route to Montgomery. Saturday, Pam and Erin drove to Hattiesburg with the back of the Expedition full of furniture.
Andy’s visit at Faulkner Saturday went well. It’s a small but growing campus.
“I really liked the campus,” Andy told me several times after the tour.
Construction was ongoing on campus – including student apartments and a football stadium.
That night we went to a downtown Montgomery restaurant for some oysters on the half shell and a minor league baseball game between the Montgomery Biscuits and the Tennessee Smokies.
Riverwalk Stadium is a new, modern ballpark built into a historical train station. It was filled to capacity on Military Appreciation Night. The fan base in Montgomery is solid – obvious by all the “Biscuits Baseball” shirts.
The Biscuits trailed 3-0 but rallied. The game went into extra innings with Montgomery winning on a bases-loaded walk.
The once famous “wave” was rekindled at the ballpark and the fans’ cheers all the way around the stadium helped spark the rally.
I can’t go to a baseball game without eating a hot dog. It was excellent.
Sunday, we drove to Mobile and met up with Chris Coker, director of basketball operations at South Alabama.
He took us on a brief tour of the Jaguars’ basketball facilities and talked about plans for the upcoming week’s camps – individual camp, then team camp and then elite camp.
Pam and Erin, driving from Hattiesburg, joined us. They were my ride home.
We got Andy settled in his home for the week – a dormitory on campus – before he was getting the opportunity to attend a workout session of the South Alabama Jaguars later that afternoon.
Camp was set to start Monday of this week at 1 p.m.
Andy has aspirations of being a college basketball coach. This is a first step, as he moves toward working as a manager/student assistant at whatever university he chooses to attend.
Next week, one day after getting back from South Alabama, he will be moving on to work a camp at Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
He said, “Mom and Dad said I had to get a job this summer.”
True – but we did not know it would be a traveling show.
But I see it as wonderful experience for him.
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