Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Importance of Offseason Motivation and Preparation

I finally got around to reading this SI article on the coaching career of Gary Patterson a few weeks ago.

The TCU head coach is the classic rags to riches story who once roomed with the writer of the SI article.

But the most interesting part of the story was Patterson's comments on how important having a motivated team is.

The next morning I stop at his office. The door opens, and a couple of assistants stalk out grim-faced: A good half-dozen key players have been flaking off, acting so unlike last season's players—a group so motivated that Patterson sometimes felt as if they were coaching him—that the coach can't help but fume. "Looks like it's going to be one of those years," he says.

The Horned Frogs started this season ranked 14th in the preseason AP Poll coming off an undefeated 2010 season in which they beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

But TCU lost their opener to Baylor giving up 50 points and then lost the Iron Skillet to crosstown rival SMU.  It seems the players this season may have been living off past glory and thinking by a little more than showing they could do it again.

If there is one thing college football coaches struggle with more than anything it is motivation.

Especially motivation coming off such great success.

Maybe that is why we have not had a consensus back to back national champion since 1995?

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