Big 12: Deon Butler

Norwood trusted PSU wide receivers to maintain his house

March, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

WACO, Texas -- Baylor defensive coordinator Brian Norwood faced a common problem in today's economy when he tried to sell his home in State College, Pa. after leaving the Penn State coaching staff before last season for his new job.

Unlike many in his situation, Norwood had a unique way to make sure his house was occupied after he arrived at Baylor.

His son, Jordan, remained at Penn State for his senior season where he played wide receiver with the Nittany Lions. Jordan Norwood remained at home where he lived with teammates and fellow wide receivers Deon Butler and Derrick Williams in his family's house during the past year.

"They stayed in the house so they were able to keep it up during the year," Norwood said. "Jordan is very quiet and doesn't do a lot, so I wasn't worried about any parties in the house. That's not his personality."

But the football players didn't spend much time doing yard work at the Norwood homestead in their time away from football, Norwood said.

"We paid for somebody to come back and do the yard, because it was terrible when we first saw it," Norwood said, chuckling. "We went back for two or three of his games. My wife is an outdoor person and it was a little rough when we went back."

The house has been placed on the market and Norwood hopes it will sell quickly after the year of nurturing by his son and his friends. The Baylor assistant coach spent most of his recent spring break installing new light fixtures and painting seven rooms with his family to prepare it for the showings he hopes will result in a sale soon.

"We've had some people looking at it already so I'm praying and believing it will sell," Norwood said.

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