There are winners and there are losers in sports, there’s no way around it.
Win or lose, however, there’s one group of people who are always behind those that competed: The parents.
The support system that parents provide for athletes is pivotal, and the parents of Dickson County coach Randy Murphree are no exception.
John and Carrie Murphree never missed an Austin Peay game for the four years Randy Murphree played there. They’ve been following him ever since he got into coaching and have been attending every game he’s been on the sidelines for.
“I’m extremely proud of my parents,” said Randy Murphree.
“I’m blessed to have them. I don’t think they’ve missed a game. They’ve supported me and my brothers, any endeavor we’ve taken on. They’ve put all kinds of miles on the vehicle. They never missed a game at Austin Peay. It’s a great feeling to see them up in the stands having a ball.”
The two are a mainstay in the Dickson County stands. You can find them at the top left corner of the stands that are just before the rows in the shadow by the press box. They’ve been sitting in the same spot for 15 years, getting to the stadium for every game around 4:30 p.m. to secure their spot. They’ve stated that the tailgating scene isn’t necessarily for them, so they choose to go to their usual spot early for every home game and enjoy each other’s company, watching the crews get the field ready and seeing miscellaneous players warm up.
“This is where we come to watch our son and his guys perform,” said Carrie.
“And grandson (Jacob Murphree),” John added.
Why they’ve chosen that spot and continue to sit there isn’t because of superstition or anything of that nature. It’s a much simpler reason, according to Carrie.
“It’s easier to get in and out, and we can see everything,” said Carrie
Despite the 1-4 start to the season for the Cougars, Carrie has stated the two will continue to sit in their same spots and are not superstitious.
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