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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.
Georgetown College football coach Bill Cronin has announced he will bring another former Tiger back home to guide the offense. Michael Caba graduated in 2001. The kinesiology major was part of GC's 1999 runner-up finish and the back-to-back titles of 2000 and 2001.
"It is important to me that we bring in someone who understood our system, wanted to use what we have in place and was able to add new wrinkles to our offense," Cronin said. "Michael was the perfect hire. He is a lot like Eddie (Eviston) in his demeanor and approach. He understands the philosophy of our offense and our program. He is very smart and a great guy.
"Thinking about his playing days here, I remember him as one of those players that was totally bought into the program. He continued to be that with the run and shoot offense, which he installed during his time at Alfred State."
Eddie Eviston found great success at Georgetown College. The three-time NAIA Player of the Year quarterback from northern Kentucky helped the Tigers to 41-1 mark with back-to-back national titles. In 2013, he returned to the GC sidelines as offensive coordinator.
As a coach, Eviston helped GC to a15-7 record with two straight NAIA postseason appearances. Monday afternoon Tiger coach Bill Cronin announced that Eviston would be moving on to return to head coaching in his home area at Covington Catholic High School.
"Eddie has been and always will be a Tiger," Cronin said. "He was an easy hire back in 2013, and I can't blame any school trying to entice him away from us. This was an opportunity to return closer to home and back to head coaching ranks. We wish him good luck and look forward to recruiting a number of his players in the future."
Georgetown College football coaches have been on the recruiting trail over the past several months. The culmination coming Wednesday with national signing day. The Tigers graduate nearly 20 players, including All-American Nick Seither and four-year starting quarterback Neal Pawsat, off the 8-3 Tigers that made a fifth straight appearance in the NAIA playoffs.
Coach Bill Cronin and his staff have been working tirelessly to bring in another class that will enhance the tradition rich Tiger program – 3 NAIA national titles, 18 Mid-South Conference titles and 20 NAIA postseason appearances.