For those you of who have any questions or concerns in regards to Coach Sal Alosi’s integrity, honesty, and ethics -- quell them now. Being a former player who worked with him for unfortunately only one season (I wish we had four years), he is the type of man I hope my sons grow up to be. Coach Alosi is quiet, humble, intense and absolutely one of the hardest working men I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside and being mentored by in my life. There is no mediocrity with him, neither in his personal life nor in his professional life. I think people generally misunderstand him because he isn’t raucous or rambunctious from a personality standpoint. It is incredibly disheartening to me to see outsiders like ESPN and others rain on his integrity because it is one of the things he has worked so hard to redeem and continue to purvey to others.
Coach generally is a quiet man and doesn’t go in depth with words about his emotions. He carries himself in a professional and honest manner with his players. Coach Alosi has an expectation that is “old-school” as some would put it. Cultural sentiments like “Sharpen your sword quietly” or “our business is our business.” It is a “be there 15 minutes early and you’re on time” type of attitude. He sets his expectations once and expects you to listen. He doesn’t repeat himself because if he has to, that means you weren’t listening and didn’t respect him enough to care. It’s simple.
|Sal Alosi (USA Today)|
The best story I can give about Coach Alosi is from the first day that Coach Mora introduced the staff to us. Coach Alosi came in and didn’t say a word. All he did was put a video up of the New York incident in the team room. He said, “I’m going to address the elephant in the room right now. Yes, that was me. Yes, I did that. Yes, I made the worst mistake of my life and professional career and I’m telling you now, I accept full responsibility for my actions and have dearly paid the price for it. I want you to know I’m not perfect. I am human. I have made mistakes. I am going to give you my word as a man that I am going to work harder than any one you have ever seen to get us to where we want to go. Any questions?”
Coach will probably be pissed at me for sharing that story because I know he would never share it. To me and pretty much 99% of the room, he won our respect that day. Anyone who can stare in the mirror, face responsibility and have accountability to their actions to a group of men who have no idea who you are, who only have judged you from afar and to set them in their place…Boy that was a sight to see. It is a testament of the kind of man he is and why he is the incredible leader and mentor he is today. It’s just something that I don’t see much with people anymore, which is why I have the utmost respect for him.
Coach Alosi is the foundation of success to UCLA’s football program. I hope people can one day realize how much of an impact he has had on everyone who trains with him, who has worked alongside him, and has had the pleasure of being in his presence. He is a blue-collar, no nonsense man that is exactly what UCLA needs and will always need. It is a shame to see a helicopter parent attempt to discredit this man’s reputation, someone who has worked so hard to have the success he wants everyone around him to have.
I hope the UCLA community stands firm behind him because I will forever.