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Home Cookin'

September 05, 2013
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HOME COOKIN'

Aggie coaches bring teammates together off the field for food, fun and fellowship

by Will Johnson
Texas A&M Football Show

In a college football program, just about everything is done together.

"This is a family. I believe it 100 percent."

- DL Coach Terry Price

Games. Workouts. Living arrangements. Going to class. And even meals. That’s why you’ll often hear that it’s like a family.

And that certainly rings true at Texas A&M, where during the offseason some of our assistant coaches welcomed players into their homes for a chance to dine and enjoy each other away from the field.

We bring you inside the homes of several of the Aggie staff as they continue to show that Texas A&M Football is indeed a family.

In a college football program, just about everything is done together.

Games. Workouts. Living arrangements. Going to class. And even meals. That’s why you’ll often hear that it’s like a family.

And that certainly rings true at Texas A&M, where during the offseason some of our assistant coaches welcomed players into their homes for a chance to dine and enjoy each other away from the field.

In late July, wide receivers coach David Beaty had his pass-catchers over. His pool was the main attraction, where several wideouts engaged in a game of hoops in the water.

No surf--just turf--in defensive line coach Terry Price’s backyard. He grilled up some steaks and even had ribs as appetizers, as this bunch requires just a bit more. This gathering came just before August camp started, and just a day after the team learned of Polo Manukainiu’s passing from a car accident.

“I think it’s a great time to come together,” said Price, “because you can celebrate the beginning of the season but also work our thoughts towards Polo and his family.”

The coach has been putting steaks on the grill for years. You can only get as good as Price with experience--it’s ingrained in him. There’s not much he can pass on to others when it comes to creating the perfect piece of meat, and Price will divulge only a few secrets.

“You’ve got to get ‘em marinated and back to room temperature,” the coach says as he mans the grill. “Find a good seasoning and pack it in pretty thick so the marinade and the seasoning mix. Get your fire to a really hot temperature so you can sear the edges. I’ve done this for a really long time and you can tell when they’re done.”

Price is not shy about telling you how good his fare is.

“The best steak restaurant in the Brazos Valley is right here in my back yard. I’ll challenge any steak restaurant right now. Come on and get it.”

Almost a month later, down the road and on the other side of the trenches, offensive line coach BJ Anderson had the family members of his players at his place. This event came after August camp on the eve of the Rice game, a function Coach Anderson holds every season on the night before the opener.

“It helps the parents have a relationship,” Anderson said from his living room. “It helps them to feel comfortable picking the phone up and calling me if they’ve got concerns.  And, (it helps) me feeling comfortable to call and ask for their help if we run into a situation where I need it.”

It’s all proof that this football program is about so much more than three-and-a-half hours on Saturday.

“This is a family. I believe it 100 percent,” Price states. “I like to get guys over for a variety of reasons. Number one, they are on their own when they go to college, and don’t get as many home cooked meals as they like. Number two, I like them to be around my family…because all of them are part of my family.”


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