Torbush swaps T-shirts to build support
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:09
Ask anybody affiliated with college sports in any facet and they will tell you that recruiting is one of, if not the most important part of the job.
Most of time recruiting is associated strictly with coaches going out and attracting new players to bring into the program.
On certain occasions though the recruiting scope must be widened to include the community surrounding a program.
As seen in Knoxville with new Volunteers’ football coach Butch Jones, building excitement within the community for a program can go a long way with fans and supporters.
For new ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush that is exactly what he was doing last Friday afternoon in the parking lot on the corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., anyone who wished to do so could bring a non-ETSU college T-shirt to be traded in for a new ETSU Pride T-shirt. Coach Torbush was present to meet all comers and secure support for the university’s athletic programs.
“What we’re trying to do is drum up a lot of support for the athletic program, especially the football program, but also just for ETSU pride,” Torbush said.
According to ETSU’s sports information department approximately 500 T-shirts were traded in during the event. All the shirts that were handed in will be put to use in some form, most likely sent overseas to less fortunate areas of the world. Pro football uses a similar program for Super Bowl attire created for the losing team.
Torbush was named the head coach of ETSU’s new football program on June 21 and has been kept busy since his arrival. With appearances at booster clubs and football clinics around the area, Torbush has been working to build support for the program, which will begin league play in 2015 as a member of the Southern Conference.
“I’ve been to a lot of Division I programs and I’m not sure I’ve been anywhere where there is as much excitement and enthusiasm about the game of football,” Torbush said. “In my opinion it’s a big-time atmosphere and that’s what we want.”