Razorbacks week eight:
Well Alabama is Alabama. You have to admire them. They took us apart in workman like fashion. We gave them some help but they didn’t need it. If you ran a business you would want to have employees like that. People who come to work every day and perform to a high level of efficiency regardless of the circumstances. Performance the same whether the job is routine or challenging.
There used to be a small set of schools around the country that could pick ad choose recruits. Texas, USC, Alabama, Ohio State, Nebraska, etc. All they had to do was say ‘We want you to come play for us’ and the deal was done. Alabama may be the only one left like that. Some of them made sense. Texas, USC yes. But Nebraska? Alabama? Not places you would expect to have great teams year after year. What is it that separates them from the rest?
Since joining the SEC Arkansas has settled into a middle of the pack persona. We’re right in there with Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Auburn. Eight to ten wins. A bad year now and then. A breakout year once in a while. That’s what we expect. That’s who the players, the media, and the fans think we are regardless of all the brave talk. That’s the culture and it’s incredibly difficult to change a culture whether it’s a business or a Church or a football team.
Coaches come and go but culture remains the same. It gets passed on from player to player, from class to class. In the past few years we’ve had a coach who wanted to lead from the rear, with a whip. We’ve had a coach who wanted to be one of the guys. I think the coach we have now wants to truly lead, to expect excellence and to treat the players like the are going to do it. I wish him well.
All this talk of culture makes me wonder what my personal culture is. Am I Alabama? Or Arkansas? Or [Pick the worst program you can think of. I’ve got one in mind but I’m not going to say it.]