As you listen to NU Coach Randy Walker after games, before games, in the Big 10 Teleconference, even read the press reports of his press briefings, you are struck with the total commitment to being positive about the team and the NU program in public.-- da Coach
We all joke about the "Randy-isms,"
All you have to do is read transcripts of interviews and you pick them up.
- That wasn't us out there
- We're not a very good football team yet
- We didn't play our best game
- We had Self inflicted wounds
- We hurt ourselves
- We're going to try to become a better football team...
- No Chuckles the Clown
- the terms Great Character, perseverance
But look deeper into those comments.
Coach Walker never says that the team "stinks" to the media. Look at how he handled Brian Huffman after (and during) TCU, he never calls out a player in public, its always that he believes the team can do better.
Now you and I know that inside the locker room and the practice field, all of the coaches will get on a given player for not putting out, that's the Chuckles the Clown joke, but they don't carry that off the field in public.
After the practice where Loren Howard messed up his ankle, I was walking along side Coach Walker as we left the practice building. I asked him about Howard's injury and he could have been negative about our chances without Loren.
But he said something like, Loren will be all right, he'll be ready.
Now maybe that was overly optimistic, but is sure was putting a positive spin on what turned out to be a serious loss to the defense.
But thats just the way good teachers handle that kind of situation, being positive, and good coaches still have to be good teachers.
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