January 18, 2007--Posted at 12:15 p.m. CST
HUNTER, AR-- What does a college football coach do during the off season? For most coaches, there really isn't an off season, only a few days off. Because recruiting and preparation for next season begins the day after the last game. But for ASU football coach Steve Roberts, those few days in between are spent with family and hunting.
Coach Roberts says it's his "offbeat" time of year and on a recent weekend, that's he was the guest of honor, at Extreme Hunts shooting preserve, in Hunter, Arkansas. It was a combination pheasant hunt and duck hunt, part of an ASU package, auctioned off last summer to raise money for the ASU Indian Touchdown Club.
Tom Akers and Hoppy Hoffman outbid the other fans for the right to spen the weekend hunting with coach Roberts. The group beat out the rain on Friday and took home six pheasants, but the Saturday duck hunt was a washout, four hours of solid rain. The group did manage to scratch out one duck. But for coach Roberts it's so much about the kill as it is about the hunt. Roberts said, "I love to duck hunt. It was another great time to get out and get to know people and have a good time. I love being out doors. It really relaxes me."