Nice article by Tim Layden ’78 in Sports Illustrated on Coach Farley’s retirement. Williams has, for many years, gotten good press in Sports Illustrated and it is nice to see the trend continued. Highpoints included:

In response to these defeats, Farley took a decidedly un-Gagliardian approach: For 15 to 20 minutes a day, he lined up his first-team offense against his first-team defense and let them play football. It was the same thing he did 17 years ago. “I remember that first season like it was yesterday,” he said Friday morning, the day after making his official retirement announcement. “I asked the kids, ‘What do we need to do?’ They said wanted to be challenged. We didn’t beat the s— out of them, but for a few minutes every day, we played like it was Saturday. Best against the best. Somebody said to me, ‘What if somebody gets hurt?’ I said, ‘Maybe if the right guy gets hurt, we’ll start winning.'”

These sorts of sentiments are, of course, classic football. I suspect that Cheryl “Nike Camp” Shanks would not be impressed.

“I missed a lot of birthdays and I missed a lot of funerals because I was locked in a stupid office,” Farley says. Last Saturday, when he finished his career with the win over Amherst, his daughter, Colleen (a national-class track athlete), finished her high school soccer career with a 2-0 loss in the Western Massachusetts finals. “She was in the right place. I was in the right place,” Farley said. “But we weren’t in the same place. I’ve always preached to my players that family comes first, but I haven’t lived it in my own life. Now I’m going to try to do that.”

As always with Farley, there are lessons here for all of us.

It’s funny that Farley was in his office on Friday morning, checking up on early decision recruits.

And, in related news, Music Professor David Kechley was in his office Friday morning checking up on early decision music applicants. (We all know that Williams admits great musicians just like it admits great football players.) “It’s tough,” reported Kechley, “since this year the admissions department has restricted us to just 66 ‘tips.’ In between the demands of the a cappella groups, the orchestras need for some better percussionists and some key graduations from the Jazz Band, I am quite worried. I sure hope that the admissions department comes through for us.”

;-)

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