BUTTE — Normally we would see the Montana Tech football team getting in some crucial spring practices around this time of the year. But in the reality of the times we’re living, football and sports in general have been put on pause to shift our focus on our health and well-being.
However, there is simply no replacing a March afternoon on the gridiron for these coaches and student-athletes. Oredigger head coach Kyle Samson and his staff have been keeping in close contact with their players via Zoom, FaceTime and email spreading positivity and hope that in the near future they’ll all get to strap on the pads and return to the hallowed ground.
“I think that’s the biggest thing you miss, being with your kids every single day," said Samson. "All of our players and our coaches, it’ll be a great day. It’ll kind of be a cool thing for everyone in the world and the country when things get back to some type of normal. I think people will really think about the things they used to take for granted and I think all of us can maybe learn something from some of these things. It’s a special thing to be involved in college athletics and really the privilege it is to be a college athlete, and for us coaches the privilege it is to work with such great kids every single day. I can’t wait. These guys are family to me. We’ve been on Zoom and FaceTiming the guys, which is great, but it's not as great as being with them every day.”