As the sports world slowly returns to something resembling normal, Belmont University has given us a gift beyond anything we could have imagined.
Men’s basketball coach Casey Alexander will go head-to-head with women’s basketball coach Bart Brooks in the CLASH AT THE CURB — a three-part battle that will air exclusively on ESPN+.
The two coaches will compete in ping pong (or as they call it, “table tennis,” those weirdos), cornhole, and H-O-R-S-E this October with campus-wide bragging rights on the line. Here is the full schedule, taken from Belmont’s press release:
‘Clash at the Curb’ ESPN+ Programming Schedule
Cornhole - Tuesday, Oct. 27 (7 p.m. CT)
Table Tennis - Wednesday, Oct. 28 (7 p.m. CT)
H-O-R-S-E - Thursday, Oct. 29 (7 p.m. CT)
"And Here. We. Go." - The late Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, circa 2008— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2019
The Curb Event Center will host the competition just days after two lesser-known public figures, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, participate in a presidential debate in the arena.
If the coaches’ comments are any indication, the Clash at the Curb is sure to be even more heated.
“After spending 16-18 hours per day for the last five months in rigorous film study and self-reflection, it will be a welcomed break to spend time competing in some childhood games like cornhole, ping pong and HORSE,” Brooks said. “There is a kid inside all of us, and I will play for that kid.”
Brooks’ work ethic should come as no surprise. In three seasons at Belmont, he has led the Bruins to a 79-20 overall record and a 50-4 mark in conference play. His team qualified for the NCAA Tournament his first two years at the helm and has received Top 25 votes in each season.
Alexander is not intimidated.
“Some of us were made for competitions like these and some of us are from Wyoming,” he said of Brooks, a Buffalo, Wyoming native. “Being away from our team for five months helped me put everything in perspective and allowed me to focus on these areas my life I’ve neglected for so long: cornhole, ping pong, and a good ole game of H-O-R-S-E.”
The Bruins went 26-7 in Alexander’s first year on the sideline and won the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Would a Clash at the Curb title mean even more to him? No, probably not, but over three magical nights in October, he might have you fooled.