Do you sense a rising level of frustration on the Flats after last weekend’s embarrassing loss? Well, if you do, don’t expect Paul Johnson to do much about it.
“From the looks of the game, I can certainly motivate better,” Johnson said. “But you know what my experience has been in 31 years? That’s movie, TV crap. You’d better be able to motivate yourself. I’m not going to motivate you 12 Saturdays a year. Anybody that thinks you’re going to go into the locker room and somebody’s going to punch the locker, or cave in the blackboard or head butt somebody and everybody’s going to go ‘AAAAAAAAHHHH!’ It’s make believe. It doesn’t happen.”
Somehow I’m guessing there’s a happy medium between ‘AAAAAAAAHHHH!’ and Chan Gailey’s treat-’em-like-pros, hands-off approach. Too bad if Johnson can’t find his bearings to get there. It sounds like it may be dawning on him that he’s not coaching midshipmen anymore.
And this from a guy who worked for one of the greatest motivators in the history of college football.