St. Paul's Tullai sees that youth is served

The Inside Stuff

November 08, 1990|By Bill Tanton

MITCH TULLAI, of St. Paul's, is my choice for MSA football Coach of the Year. Tullai took a young team with a sophomore quarterback, Chas Offutt, and three sophomore defensive backs, including Joey Unitas, John's son, and posted an 8-1 record, including a marvelous come-from-behind 8-7 win over Boys' Latin last week.

Says Tullai, who is in his 38th year coaching the Crusaders -- and who suffered a serious heart attack three years ago -- "This was an exhilarating experience as a coach. I'm proud of the way these kids hung in there until they could score. We'll wind up being either co-champions or tri-champs of our league [MSA C Conference]. We didn't expect this. The team just got a little bit better each week."

* Not all ex-pro football players encourage their sons to play the game. Ken Huff, who played 12 years with the Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins, won't allow his high school-aged boy to play football. Says Huff, who's in the building business in the Washington area: "There's no struggle within the family over this. My son saw me in enough casts to know what football can be like."

* Lou Holtz called Navy coach George Chaump this week and said of Notre Dame's 52-31 win over the Middies last Saturday: "Your football team looks even better on film than it did in person. Your kids really got after us." Holtz and Chaump are old buddies. As young coaches they were on Woody Hayes' staff at Ohio State.

Although Navy's record is now 3-5 it's still possible, says athletic director Jack Lengyel, for the Middies to go to a bowl game. If Navy wins its final three games, including the finale over Army, and Army, Navy and Air Force all finish 1-1 in the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy race, the Middies could go to the Liberty Bowl. The NCAA requires a 6-5 record to go to a bowl. Wins over Toledo, Delaware and West Point would give Navy that.

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