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Game Time: quote from Brian Leonard

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by ScottyBuff, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    I picked up a cheap copy of Game Time: Inside College Football by Ted Kluck a couple of weeks back. Hadn't spent much time to read it until recently. Not a book to pay cover price for, but I got it used on Amazon for pretty cheap.

    Anyway, I just read the chapter (4) titled The Turnaround: Brian Leonard, Greg Schiano, and the Rutgers Football Renaissance.

    In this chapter the author spends time with various members of the Rutgers team, coaches, and at booster events.

    The author relates a story told by Schiano at a fund-raising event about how he was pretty wild and would do whatever it took to get HS coaches to push a kid towards his school (when he was an assistant at various programs), including taking them to strip clubs and drinking heavily with them. One tape changed his life and approach to his life: Promise Keepers by Bill McCartney.

    He interviews Brian Leonard, who at this time is preparing for the NFL draft, and he had this to say about Schiano:


    I am sure that the dead-horse of Hawkins-bashing has long since been beaten to death, but has anyone ever heard of a player referring to Hawk in this way?

    Just thought I would share this tidbit that I found interesting.
     
  2. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Not to my knowledge, although many players reportedly like the guy who gave them a full scholly...imagine that. BTW, Schiano was one of the coaches DH referred to as supporting him for "doing things the right way".:rolling_eyes:
     
  3. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    I've heard a lot of good things by players about Hawkins. At any rate, it doesn't matter, does it. There are A-hole coaches who win and lose. There are great guys who win and lose. Since you mention Mac, I believe that Mac does hold Hawkins in high esteem, for what its worth.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Many different leadership styles work. James used to watch Washington practices from a tower and had virtually no interaction with his players. Urban Meyer seems to have close, personal relationships with his guys (at least his stars). Tressel's stoic. Mac wore his heart on his sleeve. Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells couldn't be more different, but were both elite coaches. Same story with John Wooden and Bobby Knight.

    The keys are that a leader is genuinely himself, consistent in his approach, and shoots straight with people.
     
  5. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    I have that promise keepers book of Mac's, my cousin sent it to me. Still havent read it, has anybody else? If so, is it good?
     
  6. Crash Davis

    Crash Davis MA....THE MEATLOAF!!! Club Member

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    I don't know Schiano from Adam, he seems like a good coach.

    But the bottom line with Rutgers is their administration made a commitment to getting better. They just spent 100 mil on facilities upgrades which included stadium expansion/upgrades, practice bubble, and an 8,000 sq ft "football center".

    Until we see some kind of commitment from the admin in Boulder, we'll continue to be mired in mediocrity, no matter who the coach is.....
     
  7. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    I get what you are saying (and agree), but what does that have to do with how a coach handles game-day/practice discipline and coaching?
     
  8. 14er

    14er “Imitation is suicide.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I have no problem with what DH does as far as a mentor and finding quality kids to recruit. He has missed on most of the highly recruited players but I do think he is doing it the "right way". The problem I have is with improving every year and overall coaching, the win over ou seems soooo long ago. Obviously Schiano is by far the better coach.
     
  9. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    That was the point that stuck out at me. Schiano seems to do the "right thing" off the field, but is a hard-ass in-your-face coach on the field. It can be done successfully. Hawk's passive attitude on game day is disheartening and I can't see how our players really respond to it. They might like it, but is it really getting the most out of them?
     
  10. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Hawk wasn't like that before 2009, though. I honestly don't think he was ever healthy and himself after being hospitalized during fall camp last year. He wasn't the same animated and upbeat guy and he looked like he had the flu in every photo I saw of him last season.
     
  11. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    I've heard that here on the board once or twice, not sure what to think. I know that is "private" information, but if the public/fans knew the situation there might be more sympathy and understanding.
     
  12. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

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    Remember the interview he did after Darrell decided to split? He looked like he was about to breakdown right then and there. He looked tired, beat up, etc.. in alot of stuff I saw too. Hope he isnt sick.
     
  13. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    If Hawk looked sick last year at the end of the season he is going to look like warm death after this one. Perhaps he should take a leave of absence for about 5 years until he is feeling better.
     

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