College coaches often take on a parent-like role for their players. So when all the time they put in pays off on the field or the court, it makes for a cathartic and emotional experience.
So you’ll forgive Louisville offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson for getting choked up in a postgame embrace with star QB Teddy Bridgewater following the Cardinals’ 20–17 win at Rutgers on Thursday, which clinched the Big East championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
Both Watson and Louisville arrived in Louisville last fall. In that time, Bridgewater has become one of the nation’s most efficient QBS, tossing 25 TDs (against seven INTs) this season in racking up a 161.6 passer rating (sixth best in FBS).
And now he, Watson and the Cardinals are headed to a BCS bowl. You’d be choked up, too.