It was interesting that this past Friday, MU football coach Doc Holliday asked Morehouse to speak to his players at the end of a team run. It concluded at the crash memorial at Spring Hill Cemetery in Huntington. It's the same cemetery where both of Morehouse's parents are buried.
"I think Doc wants the players to understand that was real life," Morehouse said. "They've all probably seen the movie ["We Are Marshall"] and all, but I think he wants them to understand it was more than that.
"I just told [the players] what the football program has meant to our community. I told them it's a testament to people picking themselves up. It's easy to give up; it would have been easy to give in after the crash and not have a program.
"I want them to realize how close it was to ending. I think all of that resonates when they see [the memorial] in person."
Hopefully, Morehouse enjoys this day with his family. Hopefully, he understands his father would have been proud. And for those of us fortunate enough to have our dads, well, we should celebrate - even if we have a tiff or two along the way.
"The one thing I miss," Morehouse said, "is the advice I'm sure he would have given me. But I hope he'd be proud.
"I always say I think he never got to finish the job. I work hard at it. I think he would have been proud of that."
The work. The family. The smiles.
Happy Father's Day to all.
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