Sunday, February 7, 2010

University of La Verne Seniors


Yesterday I loaded my laptop into the old Chrysler and drove about 80 miles south of Camarillo in a driving rain storm to the University of La Verne to speak with four of their Senior football players about playing American football in Europe after graduation.

ULV's Official Seal outside of Founder's Hall

La Verne is another Division III school that is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Their coach, Andy Ankeny, was very helpful in getting our meeting under way.

The Rock
A La Verne Institution

The Rock is found just outside of Founder's Hall as well.

At one time The Rock was threatened to be blown up by radical members of the campus chapter of the Lambda Chi Fraternity in the late 1960's.

Obviously they were unsuccesful.

Students traditionally paint it with messages like the one seen here. It must be kind of like the similar rock at the University of Tennessee where students recently bid a fond farewell to former football coach Lane Kiffin.

The flags of Norway, Sweden and Switzerland caught my eye. The Swedish flag is the blue and gold one, was this yet another positive omen of the upcoming Hässleholm Hurricanes football season?

La Verne Leopard RB Devon Libran

Devon was one of the four Seniors I spoke with yesterday. Due to a brain fart on my part, I forgot to take my usual picture of all four Leopards but ran into Devon again on campus in front of the ULV's Athletic Department, a.k.a., The Big Top.

T. Phillips Alehouse and Grill

After our Seminar, I was hungry so I took the advice of a member of one of the long time, noble families of La Verne and stepped into this establishment for much needed nourishment.

Pee Wee Herman's bike loomed large
once inside.

The Signature "T" Burger

In a stunning upset I said no to the French fries and opted for the fruit cup instead. The "T" Burger was quite good.

Hopefully we gave these four would-be Euro players the guidance they need to take the big step, we'll see.

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