You can read all about Allen Rudolph’s coaching history on his bio sheet, but it’s not until you’re talking to him face-to-face that the southernness of the man comes through.
It’s there in the colorful sayings, and the accent — richly dipped from a lifetime spent in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas.
It comes through immediately when you ask how a 24-year offensive line coach ends up at Ohio University despite not one single previous connection with the existing coaching staff.
“Honestly, the good Lord called me here,” Rudolph said.
“It manifested itself because I needed a job, but I had no idea where that was going to be,” he continued.