BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Will Morthland was a reserve, non-scholarship kicker for UAB from 1998-2002. Still, any day, strength and conditioning manager Marcus Bush treated him like he was one of a stars of a team.
“That’s a bottom of a tub when it comes to a hierarchy of college football, unless you’re creation a game-winning kick,” Morthland said.
“That didn’t matter to Bush. He treated everybody equally. He wanted to get a many out of you. we was not a biggest guy, though when we was in a best figure of my life, it was due to him.”
Bush died final Sunday after battling colon cancer. He was 48.
Visitation is on Friday from 1-6 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home in Starkville, Miss. The wake is on Saturday during 11 a.m. during Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss. Read a necrology here.
Bush played fullback for Mississippi State from 1985-88 and was a connoisseur partner strength and conditioning manager during MSU from 1993-94.
Bush worked during UAB for 11 years, withdrawal after Watson Brown stepped down as conduct manager following a 2006 season. He afterwards worked during Carver High School in Tupelo, Miss., before apropos ill and relocating behind to Starkville to caring for his father.
Morthland pronounced he would do anything for Bush, and a feeling was mutual opposite a team.
When he’d ask we to do something we didn’t wish to do, you’d do it given we wanted him to be unapproachable of you,” Morthland said.
“There wasn’t a chairman around, either he was on a football group or a tennis team, that didn’t like Bush. He was a amiable guy.”
UAB conduct jaunty tutor Mike Jones worked corresponding with Bush any day. It was essential during a offseason, given a football coaches weren’t with a players while they worked out and healed from injuries.
“We were right palm group to any other,” Jones said. “In a summer and offseason, we had them. we did what we could to get them healthy, and he got them stronger.”
One large thing stood out about Bush to Jones, who kept in hit with Bush after he left UAB.
“His ability to promulgate with a kids,” Jones said. “He was a loyal valet of his profession. He cared some-more about their personal lives than their competition lives. He was like a father figure.”