You never know who you will see at the Greenbrier Classic PGA event. The event started today with the first Pro-Am event featuring pros like John Daly and Lee Janzen.
For many West Virginians, the Greenbrier Classic is a great place to run into former coaches from our state.
On Monday morning, former Marshall football coach Bob Pruett sat down with Hoppy Kercheval on MetroNews Talkline. The popular Pruett is still beloved in Huntington where he led Marshall to a I-AA national title in 1996 and a record of 94-23 from 1996-2004. He led Marshall to a 5-2 record in bowls and to 6 conference titles.
During the conversation, Pruett talked about his relationship with Greenbrier owner Jim Justice. Both are Beckley natives and have been friends since childhood. He compared the job that Justice is doing at the Greenbrier to the coaching job done by Steve Spurrier at Florida. Pruett was Spurrier’s defensive coordinator at Florida in 1995 when the Gators lost to Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl for the national title.
Pruett also talked about his close relationship with former WVU head coach Don Nehlen. The two coached against each other in the 1997 season opener in Morgantown. Both are now active golfers and play at many courses across the state of West Virginia.
And, many people may not realize that Bob Pruett has some childhood history with the Greenbrier. He used to caddy at the famous course when he was a youngster.
Pruett also was an assistant coach at Marshall from under Sonny Randle from 1979-82. While there, he coached the defensive backfield which featured future NFL star, Carl Lee. Pruett will join Lee and me on The Drive radio show on Charleston ESPN Radio later in the week.