Athlete of the Week Archive

April 7, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -



William "Chip" Smith


How did you become a student equipment manager at UW?
"My high school athletic director (Dan Mitchelson) used to be the Asst. Equipment Manager, so he hooked me up with the infamous Mad Dog."

What is your major and what do you plan to do after graduation?
"I'm a Marketing major, and hope to get a job in sports marketing after I graduate."

Give everyone a brief idea of what kind of things you actually do as an equipment manager.
"We take care of all the equipment needed for practice, games and road trips. This includes all kinds of things like footballs, helmets, pads, coaches' radios and of course uniforms. From time to time we even get the pleasure of delivering packages to all the important employees over in the Fieldhouse offices."

What is the best part of your job? Worst?
"The best part of working in the equipment room is probably getting to visit different places around the country during the season. The worst, is waking up at 4:30 in the spring to set up for morning conditioning."

Have you ever cranked the jug machine way up and fired footballs at point blank range at your fellow workers to see how tough they are? (IE: new Jimmy Rollins' commercial for Dick's Sporting Goods)
"My answer to this question depends entirely on whether or not Mad Dog will be reading this."

Which equipment manager has the best arm?
"This is a toss up between Sheppard and Rob's 40 yard underhand toss."

If Mad Dog let you choose the music playing in the equipment room while you put on helmet stickers, what would it be?
"I'd probably would have to go with some uplifting 80's rock. Who doesn't get inspired by a little of Journey's Don't Stop Believin'?"

Without revealing names, what is the funniest thing a coach has ever said to you?
"This is hard to narrow down to one moment, but when I spotted a ball incorrectly during practice my freshman year a coach yelled at me..."Do you know anything at all about football? Maybe I need to buy you a X-box so you can learn something!"....Funny now, not so as a clueless freshman."

Have you ever been mistaken for another, more famous, Will Smith?
"No, except one time a foreign guy that worked at Burger King read the name on my credit card receipt and commented on how much different I looked in person."

What is the worst mess you've ever had to clean up?
"Thankfully we don't have to clean up messes very often, but after home games we have to go clean up the visiting locker room. There have been a couple times I was completely disgusted and angered when seeing how bad these teams have left the locker room. Just to clarify, when we leave other schools Mad Dog makes sure we leave their locker room as clean as possible."

Who is your favorite out of Maxim's Hot 100? Runner-up?
"Another hard question, but I'd have to go with Carrie Underwood No. 1 and Megan Fox No. 2."

Other than Wyoming, what school has the nicest equipment staff?
"This one definitely goes to TCU. Both times I've made the trip to Ft. Worth they've invited us over Saturday afternoon for a catered steak and chicken fajita lunch. By far the best fajitas and queso I've ever had."

What is the dirtiest jersey you've seen in your time at UW?
"Well all the O and D-line's jerseys get pretty dirty, but in a combination of stains plus rips and tears I'd have to go with D-Mo's jersey on numerous occasions."

Have you ever seen anyone not paying attention and get ear-holed by a football on the sidelines? You?
"I don't know who is writing these questions but they seem to have some insider information. But yes, due to several unfavorable conditions I did get a ball thrown right into my eye last season. That bad boy swelled shut in no time flat."

What is the proper amount of pressure a football should be inflated to?
"We are instructed to inflate the footballs to 12.5 psi."

If your entire staff went to lunch at Pizza Hut and got the all-you-can-eat buffet, who could eat the most pizza?
"I'd probably have to go with Sheppard, but I wouldn't bet against Rob if this was a competition."