Country crooner backs Belmont 

March, 15, 2006
SAN DIEGO -- He might not have a big-time college résumé and he'd be shocked if anyone in San Diego recognized him on the street, but Belmont head coach Rick Byrd has one thing on just about every coach in the NCAA Tournament: He's appeared in a music video.

Two, to be exact. That's because Byrd is close friends with country music star and Belmont booster Vince Gill. The two were introduced 20 years ago at a golf tournament by Byrd's father.

"He hadn't had any hits and I hadn't won any games," Byrd said. "We were just two guys on a golf course."

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