Dickey Set To Return To Sidelines
DENTON (10/26/06) ? Helplessly watching as his team fall behind to Arkansas State last week in Jonesboro, Ark. was enough to give North Texas head coach Darrell Dickey chest pains. And if anyone watching the game at home on television didn't need the
“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Dickey said of his inability to travel and watching his team lose on television. “For the last 26 years I have never been away from my team during a game, as a player or as a coach. Not that I would have made a difference in the outcome, but not being there and not being able to talk with my coaches and players almost killed me.”
Dickey is back this week and has been cleared by his doctors to make the trip to
“I told them that they need to treat each game and each practice like it is a special gift and they are blessed being able to pay the game that they love,” Dickey said. “I never thought in a million years that I wouldn’t be able to be with my team because of a medical situation, and it was taken away from me just like that.”
His game-day routine this week will not venture far from the usual as he believes that the sooner things return to near-normalcy with him, the better his team’s chances to right the ship in the final five games of the season. He will be there for the team’s Friday walk-through...he will be there for the Saturday meetings...he will be there to give one of his animated pre-game speeches and he will be there to lead the team in the Lord’s Prayer at the end of the game...win or lose.
Dickey is fully aware of the potential of this team and realizes that while his impact is not inconsequential it is only a piece of the larger puzzle that determines the final success.
“Everybody on this team, including coaches and players has a role,” Dickey said. “It takes everyone doing their part for us to be successful and I plan on being around to do my part for a while.”