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What a fantastic, ingenious, stupid idea. No Division I player had gone both ways since Leroy Keyes did it at Purdue in 1968. College football has become much too sophisticated for that. Too many plays to learn. Too much film to look at. Too much practice time. Kids put in eight hours a day playing one position. Two would be like taking a night job. A guy would have to give up school. Which days would he practice the offensive plays? Which days would he study the opponent's plays? How would he attend all the meetings? And how would you keep him from becoming one large welt by the second week of the season? Hey, Duff, you out of your Gordo?
"I don't think one of us in that room that night believed that it could be done," says Duffner. Luckily, the one person who was not in the room that night was Gordo.
It's halftime at the Holy Cross-Brown game. Brown has stayed stubbornly close (9-7), and just about every coach in the Holy Cross locker room wants to talk to Gordo, alias Flash Gordon, alias (to his teammates) Starman. He has already talked to Rossley about pass routes. Now the offensive backfield coach is hollering.
Gordo sprints over to him and plunks his tired body down on a bench. "We're going to start running more Omaha, Gordo," says the coach as he frantically draws up what is presumably Omaha on a 12- by 12-inch marker board. "They're not doing anything to stop what we're doing. We're just not breaking them. Let's stay cool. Stay within our game plan. Gordo, we'll use more counter stuff."
"Got it," says Lockbaum.
The coach starts drawing some more counter stuff when...
"Uh, Coach, do you mind if..."
"What? You gotta go?"