A rare photo of Coach John L. Smith and Wise mountain guru Nanak, atop Mt. Kili.
Coach Smith's Trip to
What did coach Smith find this summer on his climb?
SALINE, MICHIGAN OCTOBER 24,
This summer Michigan State coach John L. Smith
made time to get away from the rat race of Big Ten football
and do something the wild coach always wanted to do: Climb the
famed Mount Kilimanjaro.
In an effort to learn more about this
excursion, we found guru Sanil Nanak, a local wiseman who
lives perched atop the Crown of Africa. Guru Nanak spent
a lot time with Coach Smith during his trip and was kind
enough to sit down with gregdooley.com:
GD.com: Did you find your time
with Coach Smith rewarding?
Nanak: Yes indeed. John is a
special man with much insight into life in the United States.
And he gave me his elephant skin cowboy boots.
GD.com: Did you have any advice
for Coach Smith?
Nanak: I encouraged him to get in
on the Google IPO, although I didn't like that goofy Dutch
GD.com: How about football advice?
Nanak: Oh - yes, we talked a
while. I told him to take the Patriots to repeat this
year, but to lay some of that off on the Eagles. You
just don't know about McNabb.
GD.com: I guess I meant
Michigan State football.
Nanak: Hmm, yes, I said 'John,
keep building the luxury sky boxes'. John was concerned
about his quarterback situation, I told him to stick one guy
in there and go with him. But don't let him play on
GD.com: Did Coach Smith discuss a
return trip to see you?
Nanak: He did, but next summer
John wants to lead a trek to the North Pole and meet Santa
GD.com: You seem to very up to
date with current events, how do you stay informed?
Nanak: The Internet, you putz.
I did ask John what ever happened to that band, Toto. I
love their song
It still amazes me that a writer can rhyme "company" with
Nanak then closed his eyes, and faded off
mouthing the words in Swahili...."He turned to me as if to say, 'Hurry
boy, she's waiting there for you'...".