What a beautiful place to find a football coach
A few hours before the Dartmouth game, I drove about 30 miles south of Hanover to eat breakfast at a little diner in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
The pancakes and hash browns were absolutely excellent, (I really, really recommend the buttermilk pancakes), but I wasn't there for the food. I was there to finally meet a man I'd wondered about for almost 20 years: Larry MacElreavy, former head coach of the Lions, and co-owner of the Miss Bellows Falls Diner.
MacElreavy took over the team in 1986, just as "the streak" was starting, but he saw it through to the end, finally registering two wins in 1988. The team actually looked like it was headed very much in the right direction after that season, but MacElreavy's personal problems led to his firing at the end of the season.
It's no secret that his personal problems could be summed up in one word: alcohol. A drinking problem led to his ouster at CU, and eventually forced him to hit rock bottom several years later.
But I'm happy to report that Coach MacElreavy is doing well now, and he was more than gracious during our interview, which you can hear during halftime of the Columbia-Cornell game on November 10th on WWDJ 970AM and GoColumbiaLions.com.
Coach Mac looks back at his years at CU with longing. He remembers all the players and still keeps in touch with many of them. Even in the worst of times, I never heard any player say a bad word about him. I specifically remember how he would sprint out on the field to be the first to administer to an injured player.
One thing that I thought was most interesting: Coach Mac wants to coach again, probably more than anything else. And after speaking with him Saturday, I think I'd hire him if I were a Head Coach.