Ayers, who retired as Wofford’s head football coach after last season, was a student in artist Bailie’s “Drawing Without Lines” Lifelong Learning class during the fall semester.

Ayers said he “dabbled” in painting about 35 years ago and had an interest in getting involved in some form of artwork after leaving the football field. A friend introduced him to Bailie, and he signed on for some private lessons. When Bailie joined the LLL program as an instructor this year, Ayers decided to attend the class.

“He’s a great guy and a great teacher,” Ayers said. “He does a great job spelling things out.

“It’s about technique — in football and in art. You can teach the technique. He’s a coach. He can help you with technique and help you master it.”

By Mike Hembree