To get the unvarnished truth from a coach, you must often wait for an unguarded moment.
Like an unexpected encounter, in an elevator.
“We’ve got to have this one,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said Tuesday, musing about the 45th annual Bayou Classic during a short elevator ride at the Jaguars field house.
That line cut through all the coach-speak Odums and his Grambling counterpart, Broderick Fobbs, delivered a day before at the traditional kickoff news conference in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Advocate is reporting Grambling has not only won three straight Classics. In the past two seasons, the Tigers used the victory to catapult themselves to a pair of Southwestern Athletic Conference titles and into the Celebration Bowl, winning it all two years ago.
Odums was only voicing what’s on the mind of every soul in Jaguar Nation when Southern and Grambling get together for the annual clash at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome.