CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There are many numbers swirling around this week's North-South Football Classic.
The South, for instance, holds a 37-19-3 all-time edge in the series. The team, dubbed the Cardinals, has a three-game winning streak.
But perhaps the most sparkling number surrounding this Saturday's game is this one:
That will be the age of North Bears assistant coach Bill Hanlin next month.
"This should be a special moment for the North, but the South as well," said North and St. Marys High head coach Jodi Mote. "[Hanlin] is a legend in football in West Virginia."
Indeed, he is.
Numbers? Did someone mention numbers?
Try these on:
1948 - The year Hanlin was graduated from Sistersville High.
1963 - The year he coached St. Marys High to an undefeated state championship season.
0 - The points allowed that season by the Blue Devils.
10-3 - The margin Hanlin's 1973 Glenville State team fell short of winning an NAIA national title, falling to Northwestern.
1985-88 - The years Hanlin served as the SSAC's executive director.
"I've been around a little bit," Hanlin said on Tuesday with a wry smile.
There's no doubt about that. In addition to his above duties, he's been a speaker. He started a helmet company with Bob Zide. He's been to a pair of Rose Bowls and saw Roger Staubach play in the 1965 East-West Shrine game.
Now, he's hanging with Mote, Martinsburg quarterback Cookie Clinton and the Bears.
"About five years ago, Coach Mote came to me and asked if I'd be interested [helping with the St. Marys team]," Hanlin said. "I'd worked a summer youth camp for him and worked with some quarterbacks. He said the word 'football,' so I accepted."
Thankfully, he also accepted the slot in the North-South game. It's a treat for the fans. It's a treat for the players. And it's a treat for Hanlin.