KINGSPORT,Tenn. (WCIV) - The CharlestonSouthern football team is coming off a loss to Gardner Webb, but they'realready looking ahead to next week's game against Liberty because a win locks up a championship.
The year's focus has been onfirst-year coach Jamey Chadwell, but before him was a seasoned sideline veteranat CSU who resigned after last season.
To walk away was tough, but ayear later for Jay Mills to walk back for a day, it's a bit easier knowing whatthe product of his vision has become.
"I'm excited. I anticipated agreat season and I haven't been disappointed," Mills said. "They say footballis a family - you eat, sleep laugh and cry with your teammates - and to see mysons again, I'm excited about next week's game."
Mills made a tough decisionlast year, but a decision he stands behind. His decade on the sidelines at CSUhas prepared him for his new career running a church in Kingsport, Tenn.
"I really am enjoying it,seeing how football translates to life, and a church I'm happy to continue toserve in a Christian ministry," Mills said.
But he wanted to get back tocampus for one Saturday at least to see the fruits of his labor, see thecoaches that he mentored, and reconnect with his old team.
"I had high expectations forthe team, felt like things has turned and had 19 returning starters, a goodfreshman class. Jamey and his staff have been outstanding, and I'm notsurprised," said Mills. "I'm excited about what the future brings."
And he knows he can come backand be proud.