I worked for the good folks at Inside Carolina for the Spring Football game. Â The head photographer for Inside Carolina, Jim Hawkins, was stuck in San Antonio still after photographing the Final Four, so I got tried to be Jim for day (I didn’t have the bluetooth earpiece so I couldn’t pull it off.)
Interesting note from after the game. Â I had to photograph the post-game press conference in the football facility (which is amazing for those who have not been lucky enough to go in there). Â When I left, I was only only the 2nd floor but had to go to 1st to get out. Â I was lost and had no idea how to get to the first floor without taking the elevator. Â So I hit the down button and prayed that no one would be on the elevator going doing, lest I feel like a lazy oaf. Â I hear the elevator slow down to 2nd, the doors fly open, and no one is there but head UNC football coach Butch Davis himself. Â “Crap!” I thought, but he quickly said in a friendly tone “You going down? Â Well come on man”. Â So whew, embarassment avoided. Â In the 10 seconds I was with him in the elevator, plus what I heard of him on the field and in the post-game press conference, I can see why this guy is so well respected. Â He’s the kind of coach that players would run through walls for. Â They love him, you can tell.
BTW, I’ve lately had close encounters with all three local football coaches in the last two months. Â In February, I was in Duke football coach David Cutcliffe’s office photographing him and the Manning brothers. Â Last month, I was at the residence of NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien, photographing him and his family for NC State. Â Then this encounter with coach Davis.