Getting to Know Coach Bhardwaj

Nick Bhardwaj is yet to set foot on the Arkansas State campus, but the 25-year-old northern Californian is already "all in" as a Red Wolf.

Bhardwaj submitted the winning Ebay bid of $11,700 to coach the Red Wolves in their spring football game Friday night at Centennial Bank Stadium, and even though that didn't become official until Monday afternoon, the self-made entrepreneur in the video game software industry is already doing his homework.

"I'm actually reviewing tapes of AState's season last year, and North Carolina's as well...breaking down spread offenses," Bhardwaj told AstAteNation Radio this morning on 95.3 The Ticket.

"It's extremely exciting for me. I'm definitely no coach by any means, but I definitely want to hit the ground running and be able to be as effective as possible because it's just an awesome learning experience."

Bhardwaj said he's already had a couple of conversations with Head Coach Blake Anderson about Friday night's game. "He's been great. Our initial conversation was really straight-forward, but he also wanted to know what my expectations are." He added, "He's been amazing so far."

The spring game coach says he didn't play high school or college football, preferring instead to focus on his education, but describes himself as an avid college football fan whose been thrilled with his A-state experience so far. He also says he was well aware of the recent success of Red Wolf football before the Ebay auction.

"They're onto something big! Three-time defending conference champs is no small feat by any means, but the opportunity is still much larger.'

Bhardwaj is expected to arrive in Jonesboro tomorrow and will have dinner with the ASU coaching staff Wednesday evening. He'll be introduced at an 11 a.m. press conference Friday morning in the Convocation Center auditorium.

In the meantime, he may get some academia experience as well while on campus. "I've had a few professors reach out and ask if I wanted to drop by their entrepreneurship class or business classes, and I'm always happy to speak to individuals who are interested in business."

Friday night's spring game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium.


Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at 953theticket.com.