Have you ever wanted to coach a college football team for a game? Arkansas State gave one lucky bidder the opportunity to do just that when the university auctioned off the rights to coach the spring game on eBay. The winner is 25-year-old Nick Bhardway, an entrepreneur out of Silicon Valley.
“I dropped out of San Jose State and didn’t have a chance to enjoy the full college experience,” Bhardwaj told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “Doing this, even for a day, is a way to make up for that.”
“I can’t wait to fully engross myself in the process, to see how evaluating real-time data plays a role in exploiting opportunities. As a first-time CEO of a company, I also want to learn more about leadership and how Coach Anderson deals with what is in front of him.”
According to Rovell, the idea to auction off the coaching rights was brought about by new head coach Blake Anderson. Anderson viewed it as a marketing opportunity for the program, as well as a means to invest back into its future.
“This is a great way for us to raise money to help us function when a line item doesn’t fit, as in needing a new computer or a bus to take us somewhere,” Anderson said.
Bhardway’s winning bid of $11,700 will have him on the sidelines as the team’s coach Friday night when the Red Wolves take the field.