Seeing how my personal college football coverage this year was limited to Washburn and Emporia State, I was thrilled to learn that I'd be covering the Orange Bowl this year. Now that I'm back in town, the experience has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds.
I flew down to Miami on December 31st to begin our coverage. On the 1st, Mark joined me, and we were full force from there on out. Covering the press conferences, and turning around packages from borrowed equipment was a distinct challenge, but one that made the successful completion even more rewarding.
Unlike most of the other BCS Bowls, the game itself was phenomenal. The energy on the field was electric, and the fans, Hokie and Hawk alike, were spectacular. As KU and Va Tech battled back in forth in the second half, the fact that my legs were run ragged was starting to come to my mind, but quickly pushed out by the adrenaline. The most memorable part of the entire experience was running onto the field after Todd Reesing took a knee to bleed out the clock. Seeing the raw emotion on those players faces was nothing short of moving. I had goose bumps on my arms, and chills up my spine. I'm happy for the players that their hard work has paid off, and I'm happy for KU fans who's patience has done the same. I'm proud to have been able to bring those of you who weren't in South Florida a snippet of what it was like to experience first hand.