Dan Claycomb: SMBA ’14 Student of the Week

Editor’s Note: Each week we publish an interview with the SMBA ’14 Student of the Week. The winner of the Student of the Week (awarded by the previous winner) sits in the front row of class and proudly displays a flag of his or her choice on the famous Tez statue. Dan Claycomb is our next proud recipient for his always exemplary class contributions.

Dan ClaycombNicole McCabe: What was your favorite athletic event to attend at Penn State, your alma mater?

Dan Claycomb: Without a doubt, Penn Sate football games. Over 100,000 fans and one of the best student sections in the country made every game really enjoyable. We weren’t very successful during my first few years, but that made winning the Big Ten later on that much better.

NM: In answering questions in class, you regularly drop specific, obscure sports knowledge off the top of your head. It’s unreal. How do you acquire and retain all that information?

DC: I think I just like obscure sports facts more. If you asked me to name players who won the Cy Young, I’d have some trouble but if you ask me what was the first college football game televised on the Big Ten Network, I’d know it immediately (Appalachian State vs. Michigan, by the way).

NM: You worked in Accounting for Marriott International before coming to this program. How does the excitement level of that position compare to that of your dream job?

DC: Well, my dream job would be general manager of an NFL franchise so I don’t think anything quite compares with that, but people working at hotels have the best stories. Since I worked in Accounting, I didn’t get to experience as many as most, but I made sure to ask my colleagues for updates during meetings. Really enjoyed my time with Marriott and Ritz-Carlton.

NM: I’ve heard that you like to gamble. What’s the best bet you’ve ever made?

DC: I don’t know if I have a best bet, but my favorite was once when I was at a casino with my dad. He tends to go to a roulette table and bet the table minimum for hours on end. I had won a lot playing blackjack so I walked up to the table and put down a $100 bet. It wasn’t even that large of a bet but my Dad freaked out a little bit. I won the bet, but even if I lost it would have been worth his reaction.

NM: Clue us in to your fantasy strategy: Do you rely on numbers and data in making picks/setting lineups, or is it more of a gut feeling?

DC: With fantasy sports, I’m a complete stats nerd. I’ve been in a three-sport keeper league for a few years and I have a huge Excel file to track all of my teams and my goals for the team. NFL is probably the one exception where I go a little more by my gut and opinion.

NM: Use the following five words in a sentence describing you feelings about the SMBA Program: mission, frank, armchair, sandwich, threshold.

DC: When it comes to the SMBA program, my mission is to cross the threshold of loving my career as much as Frank Ryan loves a Subway sandwich in an armchair. Really had to reach at the end there.

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