The Senior Bowl Summit gave star coaches a chance to talk about life and the game

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – The Senior Bowl hosted a “Tailgating with the coaches” event, giving fans a chance to chat with all-time coaches about the game and the life around it.

Tuesday’s summit brought together college coaches from rivalries and beyond with Nick Saban and Bryan Harsin sharing a stage, with Kirk Herbstreit hosting. However, the coaches weren’t talking about games, recruiting and X and O, but about coaching stories, favorite memories and what this week means to them.

Other big names on stage are Penn State head coach James Franklin. Franklin said their role in this year’s Senior Bowl was more than just watching their former players on the court.

“To be able to come here and support our guys, not just being here and showing love, but it’s the sideline conversations with head coaches, general managers and scouts and answering some questions you might have about your guys,” Franklin said.

Harsin said it was a surreal experience to be able to see the guys you’ve met on the field, like his player Roger McCreary shooting for their NFL dream shot.

“You know, he’s a local guy, he’s from Mobile so it’s a dream come true for him,” Harshin said.

“And that’s the kind of stuff that I appreciate is all those things that aren’t filmed, all those things that people don’t see that guys like Roger and I’m sure every one of those guys has made to be in this position and it’s a lot of hard work.

This summit and the Senior Bowl provide an opportunity for NFL and college coaches to share ideas and learn how to advance their prospect programs, including the former Alabama OC and Texas head coach , Steve Sarkisian.

“The coaching community isn’t as big as people think and we don’t have a lot of opportunities, at least the head coaches, to get around the people you’ve worked with or competed against, shared ideas in the past with to break bread and visit and this week really allows that,” Sarkissian said.

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