Even in Cromwell, Conn., Alabama alumnus Rece Davis can't get away from those of the Auburn persuasion. In fact, Davis can't even avoid War Eagle prejudice when he's home.
Rece Davis, the high-profile commentator on college football and basketball on ESPN, was the featured speaker at the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting Monday in Cromwell. Prior to addressing the audience, the recognizable ESPN college basketball and football studio host and SportsCenter anchor/reporter was the recipient of an unusual gift from Travelers Championship PGA Golf Tour Tournament Director Nathan Grube.
Grube, an Auburn graduate, presented Davis a Pat Dye signed football with the Auburn logo. Davis, a 1988 graduate from The Capstone, appeared appreciative of the attempt at humor. Davis explained he lives in a house with divided loyalties. His wife, an Auburn graduate, and son favor the Tigers, while Davis and his daughter bleed crimson and white.
"This football is going to hold a greater place of prominence in my house than you could ever imagine," he said. "We have a tradition in our house every year that since the game is right around Christmas that the winning school's Christmas tree ornament, either Aubie from Auburn or Big Al from Alabama, maintains the higher spot on the Christmas tree than the losing team's ornament."
After Davis finished the 30-plus minute speech and accompanying Q&A session, 'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com visited with the Muscle Shoals native. Topics he addressed in the audio interview included the College Football Playoff selection committee; SEC and Alabama basketball; and National Signing Day with the most celebrated transfer in recent school history, Florida State quarterback Jacob Coker.
John Garcia Jr. contributed to this report