It's about character, not color

Updated: February 10, 2004, 11:45 AM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

Standing in the home of Mississippi State athletic director Larry Templeton two weeks ago, Sandra Tinner was holding her son Samson in her arms when the 2-year-old dropped his sippy cup, spilling water all over the hardwood floor.

Before she could put Samson down, a graying man in his forties grabbed some paper towels, climbed down on his hands and knees and blotted the mess until it was dry.

It was Sylvester Croom, Mississippi State's football coach.

"I was like, 'No, no, ...

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