The first-year Arkansas State head football coach believes "brick-by-brick" is a philosophy that not only applies to football, but to life.
"We use things in football terms, but in reality it applies to life, whether you're gonna' be a doctor, lawyer, a business man...whatever you're gonna' do, just change the word 'football' and apply it to that, it all ties in," Harsin said this morning while appearing as a guest on AstAteNation Radio on The Ticket.
One of the subtle new additions to Liberty Bank Stadium this season is a brick column located at the base of the walkway between the south end zone and the football complex. The column is approximately four feet high and is comprised of approximately 132 bricks. At the top is a metal riser containing a brick with the word "WIN" engraved in it. A new tradition was born last weekend when each Red Wolf player touched that brick as they ran onto the playing field before the UAPB game.
The column was a surprise treat for A-State players as they returned to campus following their last weekend off before the season started.
"The weekend before we played UAPB, those guys were able to have a couple of days off and went home and we had it built that weekend," Harsin explained. "We put a cover over it. When they returned that Sunday, we had a team meeting then went outside and presented it to them."
Many of the bricks, which were donated by an A-State booster, contain words or messages that were written on them by Red Wolf players.
"The bricks were there for them when they showed up for fall camp," Harsin said. "The guys came in and were like...'why do I have a brick in my locker?' We explained it to 'em and they caught on very quickly, and it sort of took on a life of its own."
"I think it's a great symbol from a team standpoint, it's also a great symbol of the work that it takes to go out there and do this deal, and it's a reminder every time we step out on that field for practice or a game."
Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at 953theticket.com.