Purzycki's first season was a success of sorts. The record was the same as in '80, but opponents scored 226 fewer points. The two victories, oddly enough, were over McKinley's North Carolina A&T and Central State of Ohio, coached by Billy Joe.
This season begins with home games against the two toughest teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference: South Carolina State on Sept. 11 and Florida A&M on Sept. 18. An upset over either one would make Purzycki's season.
"One thing we were not guilty of," said Townsend last month, "was being color-blind. We were totally aware that Purzycki is white. But we were also aware that he'd be the best person for our program. The one thing I'd hope is that this will be the last interview I have to do on the subject of Joe Purzycki's being white, because we have passed that stage here. America may not have passed that stage, but we have."