Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wildcats' Wyatt Returns

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wildcats' Wyatt Returns

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When Alvin Wyatt leads his Bethune-Cookman Wildcats into Alltel

Stadium Saturday, he will do so as a different man from the one

many people in Jacksonville remember.

Wyatt, after a brief career in the NFL, was a cornerback for

the Jacksonville Sharks of the World Football League in 1974.

During that time, Wyatt was known for his flamboyancy.

His trademark was a 1969 pink Cadillac, equipped with a

television, shag carpet, a lantern on the roof and a mechanical

hand that waved. It didn't stop there. With his colorful

wardrobe, which extended from big brims to platform shoes, Wyatt

was easily the most recognizable member of the Sharks.

"I was a Deion Sanders-type person," Wyatt said. "I liked to

dress nice and do numerous things that put you in the limelight.

I just felt that type of attention was rewarding to me and

satisfying to me at that time.

"I look back at those things and laugh now. A lot of people

tease me about the big heels I used to wear. I would wear all

pink. If I wore green, everything I had on would be green."

Those days are gone now. When the Sharks, which became the

Express in 1975, folded later that season, Wyatt returned to his

alma mater, Bethune-Cookman, to embark on a coaching career.

In his first year as head coach of the Wildcats, Wyatt returns

to his hometown for the 44th annual Gateway Classic.

Bethune-Cookman (3-2) will take on Howard (1-3) at 1 p.m.

"Some things you used to do when you were younger, you get

older and wiser and you don't do them anymore," said Wyatt, a

graduate of Matthew Gilbert High School. "Now I'm more settled

and into the flow of more professionalism."

This is Wyatt's 19th season as a member of the B-CC coaching

staff. Becoming a head coach is not something Wyatt dreamed

about, but it is something he cherishes. …

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