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USC’s elder statesman — other than the head coach, anyway — is re-joining the team.
Tim Frisby, the 39-year-old, walk-on receiver, will be back on the practice field today as the Gamecocks’ roster expands from 105 to 115 players with the start of classes. Frisby, the Airborne Ranger who recently completed a 20-year Army career, practiced with USC during the spring, but did not play in the spring game or in any scrimmages.
Though Frisby might be a long shot to earn playing time, Lou Holtz is happy to have Frisby around.
“He just wants to help the Gamecocks. He loves the game, and he wants to be here, and he’s 39 years of age. The good Lord knows, when I was 39 I didn’t even want to play video football,” said Holtz, who had been a head coach for eight years when he was 39.
“But he’s good for the team. He’s our Rudy,” added Holtz, referring to Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, the Notre Dame walk-on whose underdog story was later turned into a movie.
Like the rest of USC’s walk-ons and freshmen, Frisby will not be required to pass a conditioning test. Holtz’s most telling comment Wednesday was when the 67-year-old coach referred to Frisby as “a wonderful young man.”
Age is relative.