Coaching Staff Hosts Inaugural `Football by Fuente'
July 19, 2012
The University of Memphis football coaching staff took sharing the basics of the game to a new audience Thursday evening as they played host to the first `Football by Fuente,' an Xs and Os clinic held exclusively for the Tigers' female fans.
Women attending the inaugural event were not only introduced to the basics of football from the difference between zone and man coverage on defense to a breakdown of offensive formations, they also had an opportunity to ask questions of a panel of student-athletes and were treated to a fashion show of game-day and practice apparel donned by members of the team.
"I thought it was fabulous," said Tiger fan BB Bronze. "I learned tonight I love this team even more. The coaches and players were great."
Alice Shotwell, who also supports the Tigers, said the event was not only informative but also provided an opportunity for attendees the opportunity to get to know the personalities of the coaching staff.
"They seem like a great staff and they have done a good job of bringing people together, Shotwell said. "I look forward to seeing the team play on Sept. 1st."
In its first season under head coach Justin Fuente, the Tigers play host to UT-Martin in the opener Labor Day weekend.
"I think it is important to include everybody. We want to make a concerted effort to reach out to everyone in the community," Fuente said. "I have never been a part of one of these that was not enjoyable. The women have a good time. The coaches doing it have a good time. The players involved in it have a good time."
In addition to just having a fun evening, Fuente said he hoped that women attending the clinic would feel free to ask questions.
"I hope they take away some fact or tidbit that they can throw back at their significant other when he boasts about knowing something about what's happening on the football field," he said. "Maybe throw back something at him and put him on his heals a little bit."
Susan Spurlock, whose son Tyler Spurlock is a member of the Tiger team, said she could not wait to do it again next year.
"I absolutely loved it. It was fantastic," she said. "This event just gives you a good feeling. This makes you feel like you are family. The coaches, players and everybody ... we are all in this together. That is what I love. We all bleed blue."
The Tigers report to camp in just over two weeks. The Sept. 1 game against UT-Martin is one of six contests which will be played this season in Liberty Bowl Stadium. Season tickets are available for purchase by clicking HERE