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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bo's Warriors Chapter 1 Go Blue Go

                                           Bo's Warriors           Chapter 1 Go Blue Go  
Part 3 Continued

Certainly, having the Ohio State playing date written in red letters on the blackboard was an incentive and was a clear group goal. No one had to say or even verbalize the importance of that Ohio State game. It was simply understood. The expectation was great and the consequences were clear and the outcome could only be provided by this group of young men/ the team.

Bo understood this concept of group/team cohesiveness. Bo himself had great teachers and he learned from the best like Woody. Bo also surrounded himself with smart coaching minds and valued their input. Serving in the U.S. military no doubt contributed to his understanding of the dynamics of groups. Some people compare psychologically a football team’s cohesiveness to being in a foxhole with a buddy, within your company during battle with the enemy. Woody was a great field general and understood historical battles and taught his protégé Bo well.

Bo also knew about human learning, human development, group dynamics and motivation. He realized that external and situational factors play a part and create motivations which otherwise might not exist. He knew about focusing. He knew about expectations and probability of reward/ reinforcement. Bo also was cognizant of the fact that reinforcement (feedback) didn’t always have to be positive. In fact he knew when to talk disparagingly to his young troops. He was smart enough to realize that negative or critical feedback also works and influences behavior. He knew who could take it and who couldn’t. Some like Brandstatter heard comments, from the coaches, such as “you’re the worst tackle in the history of intercollegiate sports; “and “We wasted a scholarship on you;”   Bo called Gusich “a candy ass.”   By the way, candy ass co-captain Gusich was called by his teammates “the toughest dude on the team. “ When Bo told Keller “cut your hair.” Keller responded “baldness runs in my family and I am keeping my hair as long as possible.”   Bo also said, according to Seyferth something to the effect that, “I have the 10 worst players in college football.”


 Coach Schembechler’s assistant coaches realized (on their own) that these young man required positive interactive reinforcement. The assistant coaches knew that Bo was going to break the men down (mental toughness), so that he could rebuild them to excel at the highest level.  Within this situation, of being in a highly competitive big time Division 1 program, football players were obedient and eagerly followed directions( of an authoritarian, no- nonsense disciplinarian, tough- love father figure), the head coach during that era . In spite of Bo being, on the field, critical, these assistant coaches also knew that Bo was gentler with his young players, one-on-one, behind closed doors. The assistant coaches also knew that Bo (warm and fuzzy as an assistant under Woody) somewhat imitated Woody, when Bo became the man and ran his program.

It was okay with Bo that the assistant coaches would be the good guys, gentle, personable, friendly warm, who made football fun with their creative drills. Gary Moeller, for one, had his defensive men doing  end zone drills, laughing-having a good time while Bo’s offense were doing their not so fun  drills.  According to Frank Gusich, Dick Hunter was a good guy, and even fed Hunter’s kids lunch during his junior and senior seasons. During a practice/scrimmage session, Fritz Seyferth was discouraged by Bo’s criticism. However, assistant coach Jerry Hanlon would come by and pat him on the back and say “you are doing this right.” Did that ever sooth the wound.

To Be Continued


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