Cundiff's comeback coming along
Nelson Cundiff isn’t back to work yet, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t coaching.
The Mercer County boys coach, who has been off the job since being seriously injured in an automobile accident almost two months ago, watched the Titans’ win at Boyle County on Tuesday night from a wheelchair parked at the end of the bench.
He continues to make progress, as he explained in Hal Morris’ story in the Advocate earlier this week. This was the third game he has attended, and the first in over two weeks, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Titans have won all three. It surely does him a great deal of good to be around the game and his players, and one of those players told me after the game that it does them good to see him there.
Before the boys game started, the group of Mercer students that had set up shop behind the Titans’ bench greeted him with a chant of “We love Cundiff!” During the game, while I was taking pictures on that end of the floor, I could hear occasionally shouting instructions to the players. And after the game, he was in the locker room with the team and then spoke to just about every player individually as they came out after getting dressed.
This was the first time I had seen him since his accident, and it was good to see him in good spirits and improving health. And even though his staff and players are carrying on well without him — Mercer is 13-11 with wins in five of its last six games and eight of its last 11 — it’ll be even better to see him back on the other end of the bench and doing what he loves.