Wiz I almost always agree with you. And I understand not wanting to hear Chad’s phrase… seeing how his tenure went.
That said I actually think that phrase is a damn good way to look at life. ALL of us are something far more and far deeper than what we do for a living. Even if your career is your truest passion, as it usually is in sport and the arts. And in other professions as well. I know I’m lucky to do for a living what I love most. Some can’t say that.
That said, I certainly think being a father and a husband and having faith is infinitely more important than my career as a conductor. Which is damn successful if I do say so myself. But who cares about that if I am a bad father and husband. I’m sure you agree.
May father once said to me “your priorities should be God, family, friends, career. Keep them in that order.” I have tried to do that—and probably fallen short thousands of times.
Anyhow I’m super excited about Pittman and feel like he’s a better, and even safer pick than Drink or Kiffin.
Another similarity I noticed–all of the App St olinemen were/are under 300 lbs. The announcers at their last game pointed this out and, if I remember correctly, said that was preferred so that the linemen would be small but fast. Morris was the same way–he may not have wanted them that small, but wanted them to lose weight to be faster. I believe he said they should lose the fat and regain some muscle, but to my mind we stayed undersized and that was one of our biggest problems. So glad we have someone now who knows that in this line of scrimmage league we need to be “a little bigger”.
Drinkwitz supposedly read the same intro speech at Mizzou that he used at Appy State. I was surprised when I heard that - and haven’t independently confirmed it - but then I watched the Q&A portion of the Mizzou press conference.
He had flashes of substance but, for the most part, he’s a walking, talking cliche’. He’s a coach speak Chatty Cathy doll…
…and he can’t keep his blasted tongue in his mouth during a media session.
I’m so glad we didn’t hire him. He drives me to frustration.
I think you misunderstand - I don’t have ANY issue with the philosophy behind that statement.
The whole point is that it is a verbatim sound byte from our recently departed HC - one that I personally got sick of him regurgitating time after time. In fact, he had a handful of pet phrases that were his “go to’s”. Taken by themselves, one at a time, all of them made sense. But in the context of the fiasco that was the Chad Morris era, I just got sick of hearing them. And I think a lot of other folks did to.
So, it’s more about the messenger than it is the message.
Yes - and so do many Lawyers, Dog catchers, brick masons and butchers. That’s not the point.
Most every “high profile” person has a phrase or two with which their public persona becomes associated. If they are highly successful people, those phrases become iconic (JFB - “Luck follows speed”; DKR - “three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad”, etc.). If they are NOT successful, then they become punch lines (or meme-fodder).
I think most will agree that the primary “punch lines” for CCM were the one identified in the OP, along with “I’m a High School Coach”. Therefore, to see another candidate we came (apparently) close to hiring utter one of them is, IMO, ironic and somewhat humorous.
It’s really a stupid line. Who you are is made up of what you do. I don’t even know how a player or fan is supposed to understand it. But if the point is you walk around on a football field and do things, but you aren’t a football coach, then I think we do understand.
CCM clearly didn’t live up to being a “football coach” while he was here. Maybe before, maybe later, but not while he was in Fayetteville. I wanted him to be successful, I really did. But, I’ve never seen a coach be worse at making in game adjustments and getting his players to play inspired football in my life.
I get it, I suppose. Coaches have to figure out how to craft a message for an audience composed of groups - players, recruits, parents, university admin, and fans - that don’t necessarily want to hear the same thing.