Majid Noori doesn't spend much time on the practice field or watching film, but he's still considered a member of the Vanderbilt coaching staff—and one of the most popular, at that. For the past 12 years the 48-yearold native of Iran, who has a bachelor's degree in physical education and sports science from the University of Tehran, has handled the Commodores' culinary needs. "Every team needs a food coach," says the man known to the players as Magic.
On a typical morning Noori prepares 20 varieties of omelette (including crawfish, shrimp or angel-hair pasta) plus the usual breakfast fare: pancakes, sausages and muffins. For lunch the Commodores might dig into ham and turkey sandwiches, fruit smoothies, a veggie tray and three pasta salads. Regular dinner entr�es include duck with parsley sauce, salmon teriyaki, lobster linguini salad and Irish stew with saffron rice. Steaks, burgers and chicken fajitas are also on tap. In an average day the team will plow through 320 pounds of beef, 170 potatoes, 200 bananas, 750 eggs and 125 gallons of fruit drinks. "Just win and stay healthy," says Noori. "That's my motto."