CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I recently had a chance to watch one of the finest offensive line coaches in college football work at his craft. He also happens to be a native of the Kanawha Valley.
He is Shawn Clark, a 1993 George Washington graduate and currently the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Kent State. The Golden Flashes played at Penn State Saturday in Happy Valley.
Clark was an outstanding multi-sport athlete at GW. He was a football standout and a starting post player on the Patriots basketball team that advanced to the AAA state championship game before losing 60-49 to Woodrow Wilson.
In football he went on to play at Appalachian State. Following his playing career he became a graduate assistant coach at Louisville, then went on to coach the offensive line at Eastern Kentucky from 2003-08, where he recruited Tyrone Goard from Capital. He then joined the staff of Danny Hope at Purdue from 2009-12.
Following his time at Purdue, he weighed the possibility of going into the NFL with the Detroit Lions, but he decided to stay in college football and joined the staff at Kent State.
Keep an eye on Clark's coaching career. He is carving out an excellent reputation in the profession.
Hurt won the Kennedy Award in the fall of 1970, and members of the reunion committee asked him to bring his trophy with him so they could display it prominently in a memorabilia room that had been established.
Hurt, however, did not bring the trophy and he explained to me why.
"I just couldn't do it. It would not have been right for me to bring that trophy," said Hurt. "My former coach, Frank Vincent, would not have wanted me to bring it. When I won the Kennedy Award, we both said it was a team award, not an individual award. If I had brought it to the reunion and it would have been displayed like it was my award, he would not have been happy.
"Frank Vincent had a big impact on my life and, even though he has passed away, I knew he would not have wanted me to bring it."