What does the biggest payday in Savannah State history -- a check that will bring a major upgrade in facilities -- mean to the guys who actually have to play the game and take the bumps, bruises and possibly worse?
No fear here. This Savannah newspaper story reports that A.D. Sterling Steward was concerned enough to ask seniors if playing two big time opponents in a row was too much. "Heck no," was the gutsy reply.
Other details in the story suggest Savannah State might have actually contacted FSU about the game. Steward says he heard about the Noles' schedule opening from relationships in the business.
Also interesting that SSU has to resolve its own scheduling conflict to play FSU. The Tigers are working to get out of a trip to Northern Iowa and may have to pay a $100,000 penalty if they can't line up a replacement opponent for UNI.
Finally, check out the accompanying video in the story, with SSU Coach Steve Davenport putting on a brave face as he calls the Tigers first two games the toughest in college football.