I’m here to recommend John Carroll University football coach Regis Scafe to every high school looking for a main speaker at a sports banquet. He’s the best I’ve heard since Lou Holtz, Woody Hayes, Don James and Ara Parseghian were in their primes. It occurs to me that those four coaches are all native Ohioans, which is a reminder that we’ve turned out some exceptional college football coaches.
Scafe was honored Monday night by the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association and he dazzled us with his acceptance speech. He was honest, genuine and genuinely hilarious. Scafe has coached football for 40 years on the high school and college level. He has been head coach at John Carroll for 14 years, the longest tenure in school history, and he is also the school’s winningest football coach. But it has not always been peaches and cream. He took us on a spellbinding ride of triumph and disappointment.
Banquet speakers always get an honorarium. Lou Holtz gets twenty grand. Regis deserves just as much, but for your high school banquet I bet he’ll do it for $300 to cover his gas. He drives a gas guzzler.
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Here’s today’s schedule. I’ll be on the “Big Show” with Rizz and Hammer at 11 a.m. Then it’s on to a noon meeting of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame at Moxie.
Friday the Plain Dealer retirees lunch at the Pearl of the Orient. Friday night is the “Rose of Tralee” at LaCentre in Westlake.
Saturday is the Barley House fundraiser from 2-6 and that night is the Make-A-Wish fundraiser, which also supports epilepsy research in the memory of T.J. Stewart at the Ironwood on Dover Center Road in Westlake.