PROVO — A little more than one year ago, BYU and Southern Utah announced that the two schools would be meeting in football for the first time ever.
Ed Lamb played a key role in making that happen. But now he has mixed feelings about this matchup.
That’s because since that game was set up, Lamb left SUU as its head coach and became BYU’s assistant head coach.
When the game kicks off Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Lamb will be standing on the Cougar sideline, not the Thunderbird sideline.
Lamb said he was involved in scheduling this game “100 percent. The scheduling is a group effort. The athletic director does the leg work and the final say goes to the head coach to make sure the game is appropriate for how the head coach is trying to build the schedule.”
A lot of time and effort went into scheduling this game.
“It was a game that (SUU) asked for and requested for six or seven years and then we finally got BYU look at a date that was mutually available and scheduled it,” Lamb said. “It was something I was very excited about then and I’m less excited about it now.”
COACHES REUNION: BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford, like Lamb, was part of SUU’s staff up until last season.
Gilford is a close friend of new Thunderbird head coach Demario Warren, who replaced Lamb, and other assistant coaches.
“Being so close with the coaches, knowing their wives and kids,” Gilford said. “We’re all like family. We all hung out. We still talk to this day. It’s a little emotional.”
Gilford said he and Warren “talk probably two or three times a week. We’ve been talking all season, throughout the season. He’s a great guy. We always laugh and crack jokes with each other. We’ve taken long road trips together when we were at SUU.”
PLAYERS REUNION: Meanwhile, BYU offensive linemen Andrew Eide and Keyan Norman transferred from SUU during the offseason. Eide said there’s been “no smack talking” with their former teammates this week.
“I’m sure when we get on the field, we’ll be joking around with each other,” Eide said. “They’re all good guys down there.”