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Smith accepted another offer, too. Chamberlain High in Tampa had an opening for an offensive line coach. Again, Smith's willingness to work gratis helped. Curci sees more in Smith than just affordable labor, though. "He's an executive with a dream," says Curci. "He's also intelligent, hardworking...and lucky."
Smith hopes that someday he can land a head coaching position at a small college. "If I eventually make it, great," he says. "If not, do I really have much to worry about?"
An Olympic star may be making her Broadway debut
There's a shady character hanging around Times Square in her underwear this summer, and her identity is unknown. She appears on a new billboard with her head painted in shadow.
Who is the mystery woman? Jockey International, the company responsible for the promotion, replaced a billboard of baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer with the new one 10 weeks ago. The company would like to keep the model's identity a secret until late summer, when the face will be revealed, but Gayle Compton Huff, Jockey's vice-president of advertising, says the woman is "someone with an athletic background."
Could that someone be Nancy Hogshead, the Floridian who swam to three gold medals and one silver in the 1984 Olympics? She's not saying, either. Hogshead, who has been working as a motivational speaker since hanging up her swimsuit seven years ago, is the subject of an upcoming Jockey For Her print ad campaign.
Some members of Hogshead's family are convinced she is the model. Her brother, Andy, a New York City investment banker, called Nancy from a pay phone as soon as he saw the billboard. "It was only half done when I walked by it," he says. "I said, 'Oh my!' I had seen one of the shots [from the print campaign] and it was the same exact pose."
As for Hogshead's parents, they're thrilled with Nancy's exposure and point to the fact that the underwear covers more of her than a swimsuit would. Her mother, Janet, who claims to have mailed Nancy bathing suits "on one stamp," says, "It's not like [the photos] are bedroom sexual."
Nancy, who lives only 10 blocks from Times Square, also thinks the campaign is in good taste. When Jockey approached her this winter, her first reaction was, "I've got to lose weight." But then the 29-year-old former Olympian changed her tune. "The point of the whole campaign is to show real women," says the 5'8", 145-pound Hogshead. "That's one of the things I like about it."