Georgia Football fired head coach Mark Richt (said to be mutually agreeable) finishing this season 9W – 3L. He record was 145W – 51L, 73% SEC winning record, averaging 9.6 wins per season and winning two SEC titles during the 15 seasons with the Bulldogs. If Georgia wins their bowl game this season, Richt will have won 10 or more games 10 of the 15 years as head football coach at Georgia. This must be fantasy football.
Richt, a moral man with a reputation of character and strong faith, kept Georgia out of trouble and punished players who made mistakes. “At most schools, he would have earned a bronze statue on campus” not termination.
In 1939, in his book Farewell to Sport, Paul Galico wrote, “College football is one of the last great strongholds of genuine old-fashioned American hypocrisy…… If there is anything good about college football it is the fact it seems to bring entertainment, distraction, and pleasure to many millions of people. But the price, the sacrifice to decency, I maintain, is too high.” [ It’s all about Rick: From Telander to Neuheisel, Is college football corrupt?]
Some have written that some Christian coaches might be too good to coach American Football. An article was published about the Georgia Bulldogs’ (whom were picked to finish No. 1 in 2008) head coach, Mark Richt. The article described how nice Coach Richt is and wondered whether he had the toughness to succeed as a college football coach. 82. Just before Vince Dooley, then Georgia’s athletics director, offered Mark Richt the head football coaching job after the 2000 season, he spoke with Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. Richt had spent 15 seasons with Bowden’s Seminoles, primarily as offensive coordinator.
“The one thing that worries me about him is he’s too nice,” Bowden told Dooley. Seven seasons later, Richt is still as nice, but also has won nearly 80% of his games, becoming one of only nine coaches in major-college history to record 70 or more wins in his first seven seasons. He also restored the glory-glory to old Georgia, as the fight song goes by winning two Southeastern Conference championships. Richt isn’t just nice, he’s a PRACTICING Christian. And Christian coaches will always have to answer the “passion gap.” He doesn’t give lip service to Christianity, he walks it. Fans want someone who is as passionate about their team as they are passionate. And a “Christian” countenance can often be misconstrued as an inverted priority, particularly for a southern college.[Are Christian Coaches Tough Enough? by Motte Brown on Aug 5, 2008 at 9:56 AM in THE LINE]
It seems a terrible mistake for such a highly respected man with an excellent winning record in such a competitive conference. He is well suited for Virginia, which since yesterday, 11/29/2015 is absent a head football coach. [Coaching carousel tracker: Every head coach hiring, firing by SI Wire]
Coaches, the administration and the fans need the chutzpah to lose, for the sake of integrity, with dedicated, self-disciplined, well-conditioned student athletes, who have the stamina and can finish in the 2nd half of the game, rather than recruit and support other reputation kinds, for the sake of their abilities, who, instead, wilt in the 2nd half.
Many factors punctuate college football today. Excessive alcohol use during season accompanied by “partying” and misbehavior has become a severe problem among SEC athletes. According to an unofficial athlete arrest count, tallied from 2010-2012, Missouri had 18 arrests, not counting two coaches’ arrest for DWI. Vanderbilt had the fewest with only 1 in that span: Florida (17), Georgia (15), Arkansas (12), Ole Miss (11), Auburn and, Kentucky (9 each), Alabama (7), LSU (6) and Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee (5). [By Hank Rippetoe, The Times-Picayune, on Jul 1, 2013, NOLA.com]
Football coaches say they are struggling with the Marijuana epidemic among football recruits. [College football coaches grapple with marijuana ‘epidemic’, by Edgar Thompson, Brendan Sonnone, Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel, Nov 24, 2015]
The D-1 college football culture has changed from years past. The problems are multifactorial. The athletes now demand freedoms, possibly imagined in the past, but not acted-out by athletes in those days. It appears that the football culture needs to return to an Athlete Centered Sport with predominately respectable Athlete, Coach and Athletic Community integrity.
“Many coaches say athletes enter college addicted to the drug that they’ve seen widely used in many of their communities or, in some cases, even in their homes.
Florida State Coach Fisher said “he hopes he can make it clear to his athletes that they simply have to stop smoking marijuana in college.”
“You’ve got to prevent it,” Fisher said. “You’ve got to help the ones you do (see test positive). … Where they come from, a lot of times it’s accepted. You’re trying to help someone, not throw someone out. You can catch anyone doing anything anytime you want to, but it’s about helping educate those kids and getting a better life for themselves.” So, some coaches are not fully disciplining their athletes who break the rules.
Has the D-1 football culture become a culture of marijuana addicts and have coaches become quasi rehabilitation officers and drug court judges, who risk losing with athletes, who violate rules, in hopes of winning addicted recruits, who might possibly make a big play? Credible research should be initiated.
Coaches, the administration and the fans need courage and boldness and risk losing games with self-disciplined, student athletes for the sake of athletes “going long” setting moral, self-disciplined conduct, leadership standards. [College football coaches grapple with marijuana ‘epidemic’, by Edgar Thompson, Brendan Sonnone, Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel, Nov 24, 2015]
Oh yes, there are million dollar athletes, with 10¢ attitudinal brains, who have inconsistent great performances, can’t finish in the 2nd half, get arrested and suspended from teams and abuse women.
In contrast, great mentally tough athletes with proper attitude for sports
• are able to play hard, smart and tough the entire game
• are able to lead their teams to victory in the 4th quarter and championships
• honorably finish every game and every season, giving their all for the team and coach
• exemplary human beings
• dedicated, committed, self-sacrificing athletes
• dedicated and committed to the Sport
• persevere when times are difficult
• devoted to their Mentor Coach, the team and themselves
• willpower is insurmountable
• overwhelming real, true grit and leadership
• self-discipline and self-control
• are able to play aggressively
• don’t smoke, drink alcohol, break rules, keep late housr and thus don’t waste their performance physicality and fritter away their opportunity in sports
• always in Great Physical Condition
• maintains strict physical shape, stays in excellent shape year round
• doesn’t smoke tobacco and marijuana
• doesn’t drink alcohol
• gets plenty of Rest and eat Nutritious Foods and Drinks
• seize every moment to stay in top condition
• keep their mouth shut, don’ trash talk and “let their balling do the talking”
• When the Going Gets Tough the Mentally Tough get going
• and the million dollar athletes and other athletes with 10¢ attitudinal brains stops going. Its on the athlete.
But if the coach recruits thugs and bad actors and turns a blind eye on their bad conduct, problems within the athletic program are on the coach.
The athlete desires to be a player in something bigger than self, part of a successful team. The athlete places team victory first before personal achievement, while aware of the team’s success with the help of his/her personal accomplishments.
They are exceptionally diligent. They are very persistent about their Sport and thoroughly and meticulously work-out and practice and perfect their skills and assignments.
Great Athletes come with self-Motivation, Drive, Inspiration, Purpose, and Goals. Athletes know that they “can’t soar with the Eagles if they hoot with the Owls all night.”
Athletes’ main competition comes from within. Each Athlete’s body is unique. No other individual has the same body, same skills or the same DNA and Genome. The inner challenge is to maximize one’s ability with the body equipment for which they have been blessed. No one can do it the way that the individual Athletes do it. A left handed shooter with cross dominance (a right dominant eye) will shoot the 3 as only his DNA and Genome can shoot it.
Mastering the inner challenge of how the Athlete does it better in Sports than others and defeats opponents during competition is extremely rewarding and intensifies the love-of and passion-for the game. Inner drive is monumental compared to the Coach driving the Athlete. Defining and delivering the Athlete-self is further strengthening and rewarding. Coach Pat Summit, former UT women basketball head Coach said you can’t beat trust into an Athlete; you have to Earn their Trust.
Trust is the Core of Coaching. The mentor does not have to be an employed athletic coach but a parent, friend, minister or another confidant. Naturally it is better if the mentor is the designated athletic coach of the sport in which to participate.
Athletes cannot endure if they play only to please parents, coaches, friends, or earn money. Therein becomes an emotional battle between pleasing self and pleasing others. Pleasing others rather than pleasing Athlete self is temporary and fleeting.
The quest for Sport excellence is intrinsic. Playing Sport with confidence enhances the synergy of motor coordination. Playing out of fear of the Coach or any other fear compromises muscle and mental fluidity.
When the Great Athlete’s Architecture becomes operational with the above equipment, the next important key to Greatness is honing and perfecting Mental Toughness.
The nucleus of Mental Toughness is the Athlete’s Mentor Coach and his or her Coaching Philosophy. The Coach must cultivate respect in themselves and then EARN respect from the athletes and others around them.
In the old days, we lived in a football house, had lights out, there were no drugs to speak about, partying was docile comparatively, and alcohol consumption was punished during the season. I suggest we include those conditions along with athleticism, nowadays, for Student Athlete in exchange for earning a football scholarship.
Thus the formulae for “Going Long”: SPORT BUILDS GOOD CHARACTER WHEN GOOD CHARACTERS COACH, PARTICIPATE-IN AND SURROUND THE SPORT.