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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WV News) — Naturally, it was the knowledge of football that was beaming from center stage that piqued the interest of Big 12 fans from Morgantown to Lubbock last week.

But if you’re willing to look at what’s on offer from a different angle, you’ll find that the trainers
wisdom that suits all of our personal lives.

Football is often referred to as a war that takes place in a stadium, with bombs and blitzes, but football also offers powerful life lessons. All coaches agree that winning teams are those with character, morality, brotherhood and confidence.

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Let’s start with Dave Aranda, the Baylor coach who will try to defend the title he surprisingly won last season.

A year ago, his team was picked to finish eighth in the pre-season poll and ended up on top. Asked about it, he revealed the message he had for his team after the poll was released: “To get where you are going, you have to start where you are.”

Perhaps West Virginia’s Neal Brown should listen and embrace the philosophy, as his team was picked eighth in this year’s poll.

Aranda is a deep thinker and does not allow his life to be spelled with Xs and O’s. He believes in who you are is who you are and an understanding that can help you in all areas of life, especially football.

“Just the strengths and the power that comes with fully living who you are and not trying to be someone else and knowing that you’re enough, I think that’s such a strong thing, and I think football is a great vehicle for that,” he said.

David Aranda

He has an interesting approach when thinking about his players.

“I always look at people before looking at players,” he said.

It comes from a book called “The Four Pivots” by Shawn Ginwright that he read, a book about social change.

“There are points in there where he talks about going from transactional to transformational, and he talks about going from a lens to a mirror, where we’re all kind of trained to criticize and label and look, but the gaze the hardest part is looking in the mirror. As they say, the mirror doesn’t lie.

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, a deep-thinking coach who took over a struggling program, said he found his starting point in confidence, something you can incorporate into your life, whether it’s either with the family and the children or with your work colleagues.

“We said at the start that we were going to build our program on trust,” Campbell revealed. “I know it’s a very simple word. I think it’s really hard to get and build. Trust in college football must move from player to player, player to coach, coach to coach, and coach to player.

“I think the loyalty and consistency of our players and our coaches in staying the course on that value system has really given us the ability to get through the tough times and succeed on equal footing with the same mentality and goal to trying to become just the best version of ourselves
that we can be.

Everyone in life or in sport faces adversity.

Mike Gundy, who is now the longest-serving Big 12 coach at Oklahoma State, has had consistent success, but he’s had to fight some losses.

“As in any game, when time is up and the other team has more points than us, it’s always difficult,” he said. “The scene is getting bigger, you’re playing New Year’s bowls, playing league games. Every time you’re in this situation, you have a team that has the thrill of victory and the
the other team is disappointed.

“It never goes away. Even today, at times when I wake up in the middle of the night, games like a league game come to mind, more so than even games where we had great success for whatever reason.

Let’s bet it’s the same for all of you, disappointments stay with you longer than successes and that’s good, because it pushes you to improve rather than to be satisfied.

Luckily for Gundy, he doesn’t face much adversity. This is partly because of the approach he created at the school where he was once a quarterback.

“We don’t really come out of our box much at Oklahoma State,” he said. “We have a culture, a philosophy and a system that we believe in. We believe in being tough. We believe in being mentally and physically strong at all levels. We try to put our players in situations that game days are not.
contrary to what they experienced in practice.

The life of a college football player has changed a lot over the past two years, as has ours with the pandemic, economy, and politics. There are all kinds of distractions.

Mountaineers coach Neal Brown thinks one of his players’ biggest challenges is keeping tabs on what’s important.

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown makes a point during an interview with the Big 12 hosts

“A lot of our preparation for our players is about time management because we believe everyone has equal time, and how you manage that makes a real difference to each individual’s success,” he said. -he declares. .

A question lingers on everything you do, in life or in sport.

how do you rate success? It must be different for Eternal Oklahoma champ Brent Venable and Kansas Last Eternal Lance Leipold.

“That’s a great question,” Leipold said. “You know, I think what we’re really saying is sometimes how are you going to measure progress when it’s not showing up in the win-loss column all the time.

“We also understand and emphasize that we are not in the business of moral victory, and we fully understand that. But we’re always looking at, whether it’s individual improvements in certain things, how we’ve been doing our day-to-day business and really how we’ve connected the dots with our players to holistically become better, whether it’s in the room bodybuilding or academically and better leadership, better teammates, that those things are going to pile up on themselves and help us on game day.

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