There was something of a balanced-out discussion of the highs and lows that football game results can bring represented at the Orangeburg Touchdown Club meeting at The Cinema on Thursday.
The discussion came from comments delivered by South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough and his invited guest speaker, Coastal Carolina interim head coach Jamey Chadwell.
Pough spoke to his team's 14-8 season-opening loss to Southern in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Sunday. He cited the disappointment of the program taking its first loss in the event that pairs up top representatives of the two HBCU conferences, but also the focus for the Bulldogs to get a win in their next game.
"We played down in Baton Rouge and got off to a sort of slow start, even with our defense giving up some big plays early," Pough said. "We showed some signs of being able to do something, but didn't get it done.
"We couldn't get off the field on third down, on defense. That was a tough situation to deal with. At the end, we just didn't get it done. Now we want to improve and show it in our next game, so we are hoping to make this Johnson C. Smith week happen next week. We've had really good practices this week, and I'm excited to get the team back on the field for a game."
After he spoke, Pough introduced Chadwell, who up until this past off-season had been head coach at Charleston Southern -- the program that was scheduled to play in Orangeburg against S.C. State on Saturday until storm threats forced the cancellation of the contest. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play again on Saturday, Sept. 16, at home at 2 p.m. against Johnson C. Smith.
Chadwell, who Pough called "the hot guy in college football coaching circles right now," spoke about leading his new program to its first win in its first game as a Football Bowl Subdivision team this past Saturday in Conway against the University of Massachusetts, 38-28.
He also mentioned that plans at the moment were for him and his Chanticleers team to vacate the Conway/Myrtle Beach area -- with Coastal Carolina shutting down school all next week -- and head to Birmingham, Ala., by the weekend to practice all week for a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 16, at UAB.
"In our new year here as an FBS program (playing in the Sun Belt Conference), we can compete for the conference championship, but we were picked to finish 12th (out of 12 teams)," Chadwell said. "We can't qualify and get to a bowl game either.
"So one thing we wanted to do was avoid comparing ourselves to other people, just trying to be the very best we can be. So we've talked about 10 tips for being the very best you can be."
Chadwell said the 10 tips can help any coach, athlete, student, father, mother, employee or employer.
The list included the following attributed to someone striving to be the best:
1. They know exactly what they want and want to be great
2. They want it more than others around them.
3. They are always striving to get better.
4. They do ordinary things better than other people.
5. They zoom focus on what is important.
6. They are mentally stronger than other people and stay positive through adversity.
7. They overcome their fears to become the best they can be.
8. They seize the moment to be successful.
9. They leave a lasting legacy by what they do to impact lives of others.
10. They make people around them better.
"With No. 3, striving to get better, we looked at winning our game Saturday but only going 1-of-11 on third-down conversions, and it's a miracle we got that one," Chadwell said. "So this week we haven't been satisfied to have won one game; we've been working on third-down situations all the time.
"The teams we face the rest of the season will be better and better, so we've got to find a way to get better. Future success doesn't care about what you did in the past."
Also during the OTC meeting, Calhoun Academy's Caleb Crosby was recognized as the ATI Physical Therapy Offensive Player of the Week, while Edisto's Hikeem Elmore was recognized as the ATI Physical Therapy Defensive Player of the Week.