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Tales from the Beat: No shelter when interviewing Jim Corrigall

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published: April 25, 2014 11:30 PM
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By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

The first football coach I covered when I took over the Kent State beat back in the mid-1990s was Jim Corrigall.

He was a stud defensive lineman during his playing days, a three-time First-Team All-MAC performer who went on to a Hall of Fame career with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, and he had the crooked fingers to prove it.

Fingers are supposed to look like lower-case ls, but most of his looked more like upper-case Ls. I enjoyed working with Jim, thoroughly respected him as a person, player and coach, and was admittedly somewhat in awe of this football legend I was assigned to cover as a 22-year-old first-year beat writer.

I remember one day after practice I was interviewing coach Corrigall just outside the locker room at Dix Stadium and a nasty storm rolled in. As the winds and lightning picked up speed and the clouds turned darker, people started running inside while we continued our interview under increasingly menacing skies.

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One manager told coach that he’d better take cover, and at this point I thought we’d quickly heed that warning.

“If you live right, you have nothing to worry about,” Corrigall told that young man.

At this point I realized we weren’t going anywhere. I looked at Corrigall, then glanced toward the sky. I moved a little closer to coach, and the interview continued.

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