Austin Peay won the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this past Saturday, and if you say you saw that coming, no one would believe you. The Governors (18-17) started the year 12-17 but have won six straight games to get above .500 for the first time all season.
Head coach Dave Loos dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Thursday to discuss his team’s incredible run. In fact, he had just come from a team dinner. Their spot? The Golden Corral.
“These guys left satisfied, that’s for sure,” Loos said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I had some fried catfish, potatoes, green beans – it was great.”
DA figured if Austin Peay, which is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, had a team dinner, it would be at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery or Pbody’s.
“Those are all good spots, too,” Loos said. “I’ve frequented both and you wouldn’t go wrong at either place.”
Loos is a fan of TGI Fridays as well.
“I like that, too,” he said. “I haven’t had any bad. Some just better than others. I don’t miss eating.”
In all seriousness, Austin Peay is playing with a purpose this season, as Loos’ 5-year-old granddaughter, Rhyan, has cancer. The team, school and community have all rallied around her.
“It’s been very comforting to see how people really care,” Loos said. “I think when something like this really happens, you find out exactly how many good people there are in the world – and not just here. My son is an assistant coach at the University of Missouri and Rhyan’s dad. The support there has been overwhelming. This thing has really almost caught on nationally. It’s been unbelievable.”