The Signature Q&A: Scott Covington

Scott Covington, 44, is a business analyst at Coca-Cola Bottling Company with a B.A. from Texas A&M University. Undefeated as both a college and professional football coach, Scott enjoys playing golf, attending USM football and baseball games and currently holds the (self-appointed) title of World’s Greatest Dad. 


What is your idea of happiness?
Good food, good drinks and lots of laughs!

What is your greatest fear?
Letting down my family.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Male pattern baldness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being chronically late and/or wasting someone else’s time.

What is your most prized possession?
That’s a toss-up between my Granddaddy’s watch and my Grandmother’s bundt pan and banana nut bread recipe (which I’ve never made and am afraid to try)! Of course, I do also have an Ellis Johnson autographed USM football….that thing’s gotta be worth something. It’s probably the only one left!

What is your favorite quality in a woman?
All of the ones that Emily Covington has! (Smart and funny top the list.)

What is your favorite quality in a man?
Dependability – just do what you said you were going to do!  

Who is your hero in real life?
I’ve always said that I wanted to be Jay Slaughter when I grow up; he is greatly missed. Also, Russ, Jean and Ryan Hendley are about the most heroic folks I’ve ever met!

What is your idea of misery?
Dance recitals – specifically The Nutcracker! I get it that The Nutcracker! is a Christmas tradition, but does it have to be held on College Football Championship Saturday EVERY SINGLE YEAR?!

Who are your favorite authors?
Shel Silverstein, John Feinstein, Sam McCain, Wes Brooks

What was the worst day of your life?
Not a single day, but a stretch in 2016 where I attended 5 funerals, including both of my maternal grandparents, other extended family members, and a respected coworker all within about 6 weeks. 

What do you hate the most?
Beets and boiled peanuts.

What was the happiest day of your life?
The happiest day of my life will be when I can teach my kids to drive the lawn mower. 

How would you like to die?
I wouldn’t LIKE to die! However, as long as it’s not drowning, burning, suffocation, a heart attack, a long drawn out illness, or something terribly painful I guess it doesn’t really matter.

Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?
The beach, even though it attacked my leg with an evil water-borne bacteria the last time I was there. Or the casino.

What do you most value in your friends? 
Law degrees, medical expertise, a good bourbon collection and a trailer that I can borrow.

What words would people use to describe you?
Ones that end in “hole” or “head.”

If you could have dinner with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be? 
My children when they are about 25 years old. Hopefully, at that point, they’re old enough to realize that I wasn’t just being a jerk as they were growing up, but young enough that I can still offer advice that will help them navigate the truly difficult parts of life. If not them, the 1970s cast of Sesame Street.

What would you eat for your last meal?
Traditional street tacos (preferably lingua) and Tex-Mex. Not this imposter Tex-Mex running around. Real Tex-Mex. With chiles and flavor. And queso…I don’t know what this “cheese dip” is! Texas Tex-Mex, please.