I dig the NFL, love NBA hoops, can’t get enough of Cubs baseball, and my kid’s Bantam hockey kinda rules. But I never grew up in the shadow of a university that had a huge sports program, and my college (Virginia Commonwealth) had no football team nor was the basketball team really worth watching during my 7.4 years of school. Hence, I’ve never gotten too jacked up about college sports.
But Pizza Hut – where I lost my first two teeth as a wee lad – has something going on with the NCAA that may change my excitement about college sports. Perhaps.
This week the restaurant chain announced it is hiring for the “Pizza Hut All-American” position. The“job” – with a one-year salary of $50,000 – will take a sports fan to any and every 2016-17 NCAA D-1 championship. You can hit the Final Four and NCAA March Madness, the College World Series, the Frozen Four, bowling, beach volleyball – some 30 NCAA championships this year if you want.
OK, I’m getting interested. Cue Stone Cold Steve Austin: Can I get a hell yeah?
“The Pizza Hut All-American position is a pretty exciting opportunity,” said the hard-to-love yet somehow loveable former Duke hoops star Shane Battier, who will help Pizza Hut choose the winner. “To have a chance to be part of all of these championships is pretty special. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of candidates are out there.”
Qualifications include a passion for college sports – even soccer, which sucks – and be outgoing, enthusiastic and eager to share their experiences with fans online via social media, having a proven track record of creating great content. Translation: You’re jacked up about college sports and ready to share like there’s no tomorrow on social media.
Pizza Hut will narrow the list of candidates to three and conduct Skype and in-person interviews with each individual, putting them through the paces of what they call “an activation” might be like. Pizza Hut will also enable its social communities to partake in the interview process, by conducting portions live and enabling fans to submit questions.
Interested in applying? Want to go to up to 30 NCAA D-1 championships and get paid $50,000 for it while eating truckloads of pizza? Apply online at blog.pizzahut.com. Applications will be accepted through November 6, 2016.
I’m excited. I’m pumped – Stone Cold Steve Austin pumped. My resume is on the way.