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Hayden Fry on the pink locker room

MESQUITE, NEVADA (KWWL) -- It's almost time for the second annual Fry Fest, but before the event, we wanted to share stories from the man himself, Coach Hayden Fry.

Hayden and his wife, Shirley, welcomed Ron Steele into their home last Thursday in the golf resort community of Mesquite, near the Nevada-Arizona border.

Hayden and Shirley have built a beautiful home for their retirement in the southwest, but remain close to many Iowans and will be back this week for Fry Fest.

The first story is about the visitors' famous pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium, which has generated so much publicity. Here's the real story of the pink locker rook right from Hayden:

"I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings but our facilities were a little bit dilapidated when I arrived and every place I'd gone to that had a losing program we tried to change the image. Whether it was the uniforms, how we came on and off the field, broke the huddle. Howard Sissel, my defensive linebacker coach, I had put him in charge of equipment, the field, etc. And I told him we needed to dress things up, and the only paint that Howard could find was pink paint. So we applied that to the visiting team's locker room. Me, being an old psychology professor, knew that would be relaxing, cool, calm. If I wanted to fire the opposing team up, I would have painted it red. I've gotten a lot of credit being a psychologist painting the room pink, when actually it was the only paint we could find," Hayden Fry said.

Hayden and Shirley are coming back for Fry Fest this week and they plan to take part in that hokey pokey dance record attempt Friday night at 6:00 p.m. You can watch that live on KWWL and KWWL.com.

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