As a long-time acquaintance of Virginia coach Al Groh, ESPN commentator Ron Franklin recalls sneaking away to an abandoned room on the picturesque Charlottesville campus or lingering in a dark hallway to steal a few minutes with the future Kansas State coach who, as an assistant on Groh’s staff, wasn’t permitted to speak with the media.
“He could break down his kids so wonderfully,” Franklin said. “… I think Ron’s abilities are far, far more than adequate.”
What Franklin saw in Prince was similar to what Jackie Sherrill says he recognized all along, part of the reason Prince’s name was scrawled high on a list the former Mississippi State coach stashed away as a means of keeping tabs on promising young assistants.
“I followed him very closely at Virginia,” Sherrill wrote in an e-mail. “We talk off and on. He is and will do a very good job for KSU.”