Grooming for Long Term Success: Exclusive to Every Game Counts
Ultimately as a head football coach, you’re judged by wins and losses. In reality, we’re responsible for so much more. In addition to winning on the field, I think that we’re responsible for graduating our student-athletes and helping develop the young men we have been entrusted to guide. We groom our players for long-term success.
I am always talking to our players about making good choices, avoiding bad decisions and bad influences that confront them on a daily basis. They understand that their integrity and the integrity of our program come first. Whether they like it or not, they’re role models and representatives of SMU.
In the classroom we stress and preach success. I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at SMU. Earlier this season, we won the AFCA’s 2006 Academic Achievement Award after we recorded a 100 percent graduation rate. That’s a testament to our tremendous academic support staff, our faculty, and our student-athletes that value educational success. This is something I hang my hat on as SMU’s head coach.
Building a complete program has been my focus here. That includes success both on and off the field. It’s been slower than I have hoped, but I know we’re doing things the right way around here. We’re building something special - brick-by-brick – and it will be something that will make everyone associated with SMU proud. These standards are what will help return SMU to greatness.
I also wanted to take the time and reach out to someone that has been very dear to our program. I’m sure that everyone knows by now of the passing of Lamar Hunt. Most people knew Lamar as the founder the American Football League and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamar played football here at SMU and was longtime supporter of the school and a member of our Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Norma, have given SMU more than $7.4 million and $5.5 million toward the building of our football facilities - Ford Stadium and the Loyd All-Sports Center. His support was well beyond dollars. He and Norma were true fans, cheering us on at many, many home games. He was truly a great friend of Mustang athletics. He has left a lasting impression here, and my sympathy and prayers go out to his family. SMU and all of American sports have truly lost a great friend.