PROVO — The world can become a small place at times, and it certainly was for former Villanova star player Harold Pressley when he attended BYU's game versus Portland on Thursday.
While finding his seat, Pressley spotted former BYU player Jeff Chatman, knowing the two had met up before, but couldn't quite put a name to the familiar face. Fortunately, Chatman remembered Pressley, and the two were able to catch up on old times before seeing their sons square off against one another.
Pressley's son, Bryce Pressley, is a starter for Portland, while Chatman's son, Jordan Chatman, plays for the Cougars. Both Bryce and Jordan played extensively during the first half of the game, with Bryce scoring nine points and Jordan adding eight.
As for Harold and Jeff, they faced off against one another back in 1984, when Villanova rolled over the Cougars 91-61. Later that same season, Harold Pressley led his team to a national championship, but certainly remembered playing BYU and matching up against Jeff Chatman.
"It was like 30 years ago when we played against each other, but I definitely remembered Jeff's face," Harold said. "So it's just amazing that we can now realize, after all this time, that our sons now have the same opportunity to face each other that we did way back when. It's a small world and we're both incredibly blessed to be able to run into one another and make that connection."
Theodore King works behind the scenes: Working behind the scenes of BYUtv's broadcast of Thursday night's game was former Cougar football player Theodore King. The San Jose native played out his eligibility last season and is currently on track to graduate with a degree in journalism this April.
Although King didn't see much playing time during his career for the Cougars, he enjoyed his overall experience.
"It's been a journey," King said of his time at BYU after arriving in 2012. "There's been some rough patches along with some good patches, but overall I've enjoyed it."
King noted that his former teammates, many of whom he's still very close to, are very excited for the new coaching staff and the coming season.
"What I get when talking to all of them is a new-found energy," King said. "I just feel there's a new energy being pushed into the program that I haven't seen from my friends. I've never seen them this motivated to go to workouts."
King admits to experiencing some jealousy that he's no longer with the football program.
"I sort of wish all of it would have happened sooner," he said. "I really wanted a chance to play in a 4-3 (defensive alignment) and show what I could maybe do, but it's fine. I've enjoyed my experience here, especially the people and connections I've been able to make."