NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State University men’s basketball head coach Dana Ford joined the five other Division I basketball coaches in Nashville at the Coaches vs. Cancer Luncheon at Belmont University on Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Ford was joined by Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings, Belmont head coach Rick Byrd, Middle Tennessee State head coach Kermit Davis, Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander, and Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos. The panel of coaches was asked questions by both emcee George Plaster and the audience.
The panel was first asked, since coach Ford is the youngest head coach in Division I, what advice they would give him starting out. Coach Stallings’ reply stood out the most:
“I’d say he has a head start, being one of the most beautiful people in Nashville. If he keeps that up, he’ll be alright.”
As the questions continued, Plaster went to each coach and asked him specific questions about their team. When he got to coach Ford, Plaster said this:
“Coach Ford, you are the only member of this panel that has never lost a game. How long will that hold up?”
“We have a very talented group of guys that make up my team,” coach Ford said. “There are some tough games early on in our schedule, but my guys will never be counted out. They will be in every game they play.”
After the questioning ended, each team had a school specific package that was auctioned off. Coach Stallings proceeded to do the auctioneering for each school. When the time came for the TSU package to be auctioned away, coach Stallings convinced a buyer to bid $400. All proceeds from the auction went to the American Cancer Society.
The Tigers will begin their regular season on Nov. 14 when they host Reinhardt at the Gentry Center.