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Winning bidder takes over as ASU head coach for the day

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JONESBORO (KATV) -- A 25-year-old California man shelled out the cash to make his dream of coaching a college football team come true.

It was a fun-filled day in Jonesboro for Nick Bhardwaj, who has zero coaching experience, but he'll get plenty of that in Friday night's spring game.

"Want to bring up your new head coach, Nick Bhardwaj," said Arkansas State Athletic Director Terry Mohajir, kicking off a press conference Friday.

With that, the 24-hour contract was officially in place for the online auction winner Bhardwaj, who paid $11,700 to be the head of the pack in the spring game.

"The truth was I was just a fan of the sport, a fan of the game, and just happy to be a part of this opportunity," Bhardwaj said Friday.

It was an opportunity that included a limo ride shortly after Friday's press conference, and an in-depth film session with offensive coordinator Walt Bell. Bhardwaj will need that expertise on the playbook since he'll be calling plays for the Black Team at ASU's spring scrimmage.

As if naming someone who had never step foot in Arkansas as its head football coach wasn't a big enough surprise, the university brought out another one Friday when it said that former head coach, Larry Lacewell, would be on the opposite sidelines coaching Friday.

"Terry kept this a big secret that I was going to coach because he didn't want the crowd to get so big, or he was scared that when everybody finds out I'm going to coach again that nobody's coming," Lacewell, who has the record for most wins at ASU, laughed.

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