Roy Williams and Tubby Smith headlined a field of roasters equipped with jokes and stories, as the Augusta Mini Theatre presented Sunshine’s Fifth Annual Roast and Toast celebration honoring Clint Bryant, director of athletics at Georgia Regents University.
Bryant is in his 27th year at the helm of the Jaguars athletic program. He earned Division II Athletic Director of the Year honors for the Southeast Region by NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in the summer of 2007.
Hundreds of people filed into the Tabernacle Baptist Church’s Family Life Center for a chance to laugh and celebrate Bryant’s legacy.
Smith was the first to “honor” Bryant. He told stories of days where he had a consistent competitive edge over Bryant.
“Clint and I go back to high school. We were from the same area and our teams would play each other. Well, I played and he watched,” Smith told a crowd beside itself with laughter. “It didn’t stop there. I beat him in college as well. He was watching then, too.”
Williams chose Bryant’s frugality as his topic of discussion.
“Clint is cheap,” Williams said. “We called him pockets because he never kept any money in them.”
Both coaches applauded Bryant’s character before taking their leave. Williams said Bryant’s honesty has made him a lifetime friend.
“Clint is a man that I love and a man that I trust. Both Tubby and I came because of Clint,” Williams said. “We knew nothing of the Augusta Mini Theatre, but he asked for us to be here and we came to support him.”
In his closing remarks, Bryant said the primary reason for allowing himself to be poked fun of was to benefit the kids in the area. The money raised from the event will be used to help fund the theatre’s Mariah Makhi Butler Book Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to graduates of the theatre who are in college.
“We aren’t a white community or black community, we are one community,” Bryant said. “I’m doing this to support the kids from our community who are trying to make their lives better by going to college and doing things like that.”