Nice insight TENNBUCKEYE19, cool memories to share. I was lucky to actually be at Earls first michigan game- he is a good egg. I suppose we all grow up liking/supporting our teams and coaches are secondary as a kid. But that's what being a fan is about, gotta stick with them through thick and thin. You're a good fan!
Yeah, ya start looking at "what could have been" and man, SO many opportunities blown. I always thought that if you're lucky enough to be the HC at TOSU, you would naturally be excited about the traditions and embrace them. I don't see how you couldn't or why you wouldn't. I don't know how much is true but the first negative thing I heard was that he and his family took every opportunity to pitch almost every product they could, which supposedly turned a bunch of people off. Then I heard he alienated a bunch of the Ohio high school coaches for some reason- so they weren't supporting OSU when it came to recruiting...I know we did lose some good players to TTUN during his tenure. He sure could spot talent though.
Being a good person should be the top priority no matter what your job is and making (his) mistakes doesn't make you a bad person, just a normal person. I try to learn from mine, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't -but he never seemed to get it, even after making the same mistakes over and over. I guess it does come down to having the ability to get the most out of your players for EVERY game, which is something Tress and Meyer could do and something Coop (and Earl) struggled with. Too bad- there were a lot of hearts broken during his tenure, but that's the way it goes in the big's- win the games that count or you're either forgotten or remembered as a choker.
Have a good week-
Damn, that's a scary picture of Bernie on that t-shirt, and it's hilarious. I saw him interviewed a couple years back for some NFL films show. WOW. NOT GOOD. Guess he has fallen on hard times, which is too bad. Now, talk about breaking hearts- the Browns take that to a whole other level!