What? Did you think the only die-hard college football fans resided in the SEC? Please, take a moment to get over yourselves.
Up in Huskers’ country, Western Illinois kicker and punter Pat Smith was driving to the Lincoln campus to check it out, as the three-year starter had been mulling a transfer to the Big Ten.
At that point, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig via Deadspin, Smith was pulled over by a Nebraska state police officer.
Asked where he was headed, Smith explained he was exploring the possibility of transferring from Western Illinois University and making this his official visit to the Big Ten Conference school.
“He took my insurance card and went back to his car,” said Smith, a kicker and punter who recently completed his junior season at WIU as one of 10 finalists for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. “He then waved me back to his car. We spent about 15 minutes talking about the Huskers.”
Smith then walked away with a written warning and an idea of what the rest of the visit would be like.
“It made an impression,” Smith said.
It must have. The kicker informed Western that he would indeed be transferring to round out his collegiate career with the Cornhuskers.
We don’t blame you, welcome!