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Jim Doyle's Faulkinberry Dedication Remarks

RUSS FAULKINBERRY TOWER DEDICATION
CAJUN FIELD
AUGUST 31, 2018

     I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF MAKING A FEW REMARKS ON BEHALF OF AN ESTIMATED 700 PLAYERS WHO PLAYED FOR COACH FAULKINBERRY FROM 1961 – 1973 AT THIS UNIVERSITY.  I HAVE ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PERSONALLY KNOWING OR HAVING MET A LARGE NUMBER OF THOSE PLAYERS.  ONE THING CAN BE SAID ABOUT FOOTBALL PLAYERS, A LITTLE BIT LIKE CHEWING MOZZARELLA, AS THE YEARS GO BY, THE STORIES GET BIGGER AND BIGGER.  I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE STORIES OF THOSE EARLY YEARS HAVE REACHED EPIC PROPORTIONS OVER TIME.  THE EARLY 60’S YEARS WERE TOUGH AND A TEST OF EVERY PLAYER, AND SUCCESS DID NOT COME INSTANTLY, BUT SUCCESS DID INDEED COME AS WITNESSED BY THE 1965, 1968 AND 1970 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS.

     LEE, I HAD TO CHUCKLE AT YOUR REMARKS ABOUT THE “FRIENDLY GIANT” AND THE STORY OF YOU AND MARY HANGING FROM HIS GIANT BICEPS.  LOOKING OUT IN THE AUDIENCE I CAN SEE MANY FACES WHO HAVE FOND MEMORIES AS WELL OF A “GENTLE” SLAP OF ENCOURAGEMENT ALONGSIDE OUR HELMETS GIVEN BY THE ENORMOUS HAND AND FINGERS ATTACHED TO THOSE GIANT BICEPS!  IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO REGAIN ONES FOCUS!

     ALTHOUGH WE ARE HONORING AND RECOGNIZING COACH FAULKINBERRYS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, I FEEL COMPELED TO MENTION THAT ONE OF THE THINGS HE DID VERY WELL WAS TO PUT TOGETHER A COACHING STAFF THAT CONTRIBUTED AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT TO HIS TEAMS SUCCESSES.  COACH BLANCO IS WITH US TODAY AND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR RECRUITING MANY OF THE PLAYERS THAT FORMED THE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS.  SEVERAL COACHES ARE NO LONGER WITH US, COACH SMITH, COACH ROY, COACH SIBILLE, COACH COLE, COACH GOSNELL AND MOST RECENTLY COACH BANNA HAVE ALL PASSED AWAY.  THESE MEN WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM AND I KNOW COACH WOULD WANT THEM RECOGNIZED AND REMEMBERED.

     THE RECORD THAT COACH CREATED OVER THOSE 13 YEARS, AND THE THREE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS, WERE A GREAT SOURCE OF PRIDE TO HIM, BUT I KNOW HE WAS EQUALLY PROUD OF THE TYPE OF MEN AND LEADERS THAT WERE SHAPED IN HIS PROGRAM.  TO SAY HE WAS A STERN AND STRICT DISCIPLINARIAN WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT, BUT MANY OF US HERE WOULD SAY THE LESSONS LEARNED ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD WHILE PLAYING FOR COACH, HOW TO DEAL WITH ADVERSITY, TESTING ONES LIMITS, GIVING MAXIMUM EFFORT AND A SENSE OF GIVING OF SELF FOR A TEAM, WERE ALL CRITICAL LESSONS IN EACH OF OUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS AND AS LEE SAID EARLIER, HE WAS IMMENSELY PROUD OF ALL OF HIS PLAYERS AND BRAGGED ON THEM OFTEN.

     BEFORE I CONCLUDE MY REMARKS, I WANTED TO SAY THAT DR. ED DUGAS IS HERE IN THE AUDIENCE AND HE IS THE FATHER OF THE VERY SUCCESSFUL UL ATHLETIC NETWORK WEBSITE FOR UL SPORTS TEAMS.  ONE FEATURE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A LIVING MEMORIAL TO COACHES AND THERE IS ONE FOR COACH FAULKINBERRY.  I WOULD ENCOURAGE THOSE WHO HAVE NOT DONE SO TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND SEND AN EMAIL WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT COACH. IT IS A FITTING AND LASTING MEMORIAL TO HIS MEMORY.  ED WILL BE AROUND AFTER THIS CEREMONY TO DISCUSS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

     I LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING FUTURE HOME GAMES AND SEEING THE TRIBUTE TO COACH AND I REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THE FUTURE RENOVATIONS TO THE STADIUM AND A MORE PERMANENT TRIBUTE.  THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR ATTENDANCE.

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