Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg was moved by the horrific affects of Hurricane Katrina like most everyone else. One of his players, Deron Washington of New Orleans, lost everything. Washington's mother is in Houston, displaced like a million others.
So Greenberg decided to act, using the past week to work exclusively on an aid project. He coordinated what he is terming the world's largest all-coaches online auction Web site, with the proceeds going to Hurricane Katrina relief, in association with Habitat for Humanity, in its attempt to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.
The AllCoachesCare.com Web Site is expected to be up and running in the coming days. An official announcement is due soon, possibly as early as Tuesday.
Greenberg said he already has a commitment from Texas Tech's Bob Knight to auction off two Big 12 tournament tickets, and there will be a fishing trip with Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. He said he's also attempting to get items or experiences to auction from North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and USC coach Tim Floyd (a Hattiesburg, Miss., native and former New Orleans resident) and is hoping to include coaches from every major sport as well as college football and women's basketball.
"This is a chance to help Habitat rebuild these people's lives," Greenberg said. "This is going to be a long-term project. This has a chance to be special and helpful."
The NCAA has relaxed its rules for aiding students like Washington. Under an exception that the NCAA released last week, "Student-athletes affected by the disaster and their families can receive financial assistance." The money can come from boosters and other academic institutions. The type of aid can include but isn't limited to clothing, housing, meals and medical assistance.
Greenberg said he sent Washington's mother clothes and money to get herself going again. Everything he said was documented and approved.
"She's a teacher but has no job and no place to go back to right now," Greenberg said.
This type of humanitarian aid will likely be going on throughout the country. So, too, will other acts of kindness. Alabama coach Mark Gottfried is attempting to move an exhibition game to the Gulf Coast with all of the proceeds going to help the people of that region.
Meanwhile, the NCAA hasn't addressed what kind of aid, if any, could be given to prospective student-athletes. LSU and Texas are finalists for D.J. Augustin, the top point guard in the state of Louisiana. Augustin, of Brother Martin High in New Orleans, apparently lost everything in the hurricane and is in Houston.
The NCAA is unlikely to approve financial aid for any recruits, but there could be a push for a relaxation of some academic eligibility issues if some of these students miss some of the high school senior year.
Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.