12 Year Old Boy Wanted Coaching Job at WVU
Ok, I don't know if anyone saw the article on Sports Illustrated online but if you did, it probably made you wonder whether or not this could be possible. Here's the lowdown on what the article said.
A 12 year old boy [Joshua Irizarry ] from Southington, Connecticut has been a diehard WVU football fan since he started watching football when he was 4 years old. So, hes watched the team for 8 years of his life. So what, right? Wrong? In fact you would be dead wrong to say this kid knows little about the team. One morning in December when watching ESPN he heard of Rodriguez's decision to leave his coaching job at West Virginia University. After he heard this he actually got his hands on an application for the coaching job, Not as a joke, OH NO, not as a joke, but for real. He was serious about his application. Whats most amazing is that Mike Garrison [WVU President] actually got the letter, and read it. Now one might say, how could this possibly be serious, but it was. In Joshua's letter he told Garrison of his talents and how he would make a great coach for WVU next fall. His plans included "making up new plays to fool defenses in local sandlot games." He understood the concerns of President Garrison, but went on to write
~"Consider the publicity your campus would receive, I understand this would be a move more suited for a team like Temple, but I am just asking for your consideration."
And consideration is exactly what he got. Next he wrote
~"Don't think of this as hiring a 12-year-old kid from a nowhere town, but think of this as hiring a dedicated football mind trying to help a team," he said. "I would work for any conditions you would wish to provide."
Just last month Garrison complied with Josh's two alternative requests: a written response and an autographed picture of his favorite WVU player, freshman running back Noel Devine. In the letter Garrison pointed out that Joshua was "an equally qualified candidate" to succeed Rich Rodriguez. Unfortuanatley Josh didnt get the job, which is now held by last years assistant coach Bill Stewart.
Now obviously we won't be seeing Josh Irizarry on the sidelines of WVU games next fall, or anytime soon for that matter, but don't be surprised if you see this kid on the sidelines somewhere in the next 6-8 years possibly as a team manager or whatever. Josh told the local press that he intends to apply to WVU and hopes that he will be accepted. His closing remark: "I told the president in an e-mail after to keep my letter on file." I would be willing to bet that this kids dedication and fearlessness will get him somewhere someday. Who knows maybe he will be the coach someday at WVU somewhere in the next 20-30 years. Would it surprise you? It wouldn't surprise me, thats for sure.
When reading that story I couldn't help but laugh. I wasn't laughing at it because I thought it was a joke. I was laughing simply because it was one of those stories that just kind of made me crack up because the situation it was regarding was just so out of the blue, something you wouldn't ever think would come up. I have two words for Joshua: Good Luck! I really hope this kid gets something out of this.
What do you think about this?