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Georgetown College lost a member of Tiger Nation early Monday morning as alumnus and former football coach Craig Mullins passed away.
"Georgetown College football family lost one of our own this morning when Craig lost his battle with lung cancer," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Craig was the heart and soul of the Georgetown football for many years. He played for the Tigers from 1986-90 and quarterbacked teams that began GC's climb to greatness. Craig returned in 1997 when I returned to Georgetown as head coach. For 16 years, Craig directed our offense as coordinator. He was instrumental in guiding our teams to four national championship playoff appearances and two NAIA national championships as well as countless conference championships."
In his 16 seasons on the Tiger sidelines, Georgetown went 155-36 with 12 Mid-South Conference titles, two national championships, two national championship runners-up and three semifinals. He coached NAIA Hall of Fame member and three-time NAIA Player of the Year Eddie Eviston. He also guided record-setting quarterbacks such as Jeff Smith and Neal Pawsat.
Nick Seither is taking his next step in a process to hopefully play in the National Football League. The 6-foot-3 defensive end for Georgetown College watched patiently Thursday, Friday and Saturday but did not get an official draft call. However, a few hours later the phone did ring. The Arizona Cardinals, which has been showing the most interest throughout these past few weeks, invitee him to this weekend's rookie min-camp.
"I leave Thursday morning out of Lexington and hopefully coming back Sunday night with a contract," Seither said. "I enter the mini-camp as a free agent, which means I'm not under contract and they are just working me out to see if I can fit in their scheme. It was cool to get the call and be invited. I was hoping to go in the draft, but this is a great opportunity and the process continues."
Many young men across the country are playing a waiting game that will draw to a close by Sunday evening. Georgetown College's Nick Seither is among those football athletes patiently in anticipation of a call from the NFL Draft, which starts 8 pm Thursday.
"Nick is just waiting word," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "He's got several teams interested in him. We have no idea what round, probably one of the later ones if he gets drafted. Even if not, he'll most like be a free agent and getting to a camp is what matters."
Seither participated in a pro day at Eastern Kentucky University earlier this spring and then was a special invite to the Cincinnati Bengals pro day. The 6-foot-3 defensive end ran a 4.53 in the 40 with 31 repetitions of benching 225 pounds. His vertical jump was 39 with a broad jump of 10.01.
Seither finished his senior season ranked 11th nationally for his nine sacks. He finished his career at Georgetown with 17.5 sacks for a loss of 125.8 yards, putting him 10th all-time in yards lost from a sack.
Georgetown College football Tigers have been hard at work these past few weeks, but Thursday is set for a bit of fun to end spring practice. The 118th Annual Orange & Black Scrimmage pairs GC greats Tom Dowling, '62, against Clyde McConnaughhay, '70. Kickoff is set for 7 pm, gates open at 5:30 pm with a barbeque before the game. Sodexo will be providing each fan that purchases a ticket a sandwich, bag of chips and a drink.
"This is exciting and some added flavor with two former players and coaches coming back to guide a team. Come out for the game, pay $5 and get the game and a meal," said GC coach Bill Cronin. "Our players look forward to this every year. This past year we had the showdown with President Dr. M. Dwaine Greene vs. Dr. Todd Rasberry. This year we have Dowling vs. McConnaughhay."
Teams are being drafted Monday evening and then all the Georgetown coaches and Dowling and McConnaughhay will be assigned either the Orange or the Black.
When you have a program that is as successful as Georgetown College football is, at some point you have to expect other colleges and universities will come looking at your staff to offer new opportunities. The Tigers defense has always been a staple of the program in coach Bill Cronin's 18 years, so it came as no surprise to the veteran coach when Eastern Kentucky University made an offer alum and long-time Tiger coach Brian Landis could not refuse.
"This was a job he had to take," Cronin said. "It is always tough to see one of your key components on this Tiger coaching staff leave, but I'm very proud of Landis and thankful for all his hard work over the past 16 years as a player, student coach and then full-time coach.
"I'm thrilled for him that he is moving to the next level at an NCAA Division I-AA school. I'm excited for his family and this next phase of his coaching career. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger and we wish him the best."
However, coach did not have to go far down the line to find his next Tiger family members ready to be on the sidelines once again. Joining the defensive staff this season will be Cody Williams. Matt Byrd is returning to help with the offense.