I noticed something that I had never seen before. Maybe because I hadn’t looked for it, maybe because I had preconceived notions about the man. But…
I noticed Jim Tressell jump up and chest bump one of the Ohio State players on the sideline. Then, he continued to yell and fist pump and show emotion. As I watched more closely, he was intense the entire game. No downtime, just purely in the zone the whole 60 minutes.
JIM TRESSELL! The sweater vest, tie wearing Jim Tressell. The Professor. Showing emotion. I guess I just thought he was a boring, general-type head coach. I couldn’t have been more mistaken.
It has got to be good for the players and the morale of the team to see your undisputed leader, the brains and calm behind the operation, to show passion because he was pleased that what he worked so hard to teach is being displayed on the field. That he is fired up in being “in the moment” and that there is no doubt an equal excitement from him being there.
How I wish that we would see some of that again from our head man. We saw it once, but it’s not something you can script. It just has to be there. Not saying anyone needs to yell and cheerlead the whole game. Not saying that at all. You can just see it. If you noticed it last night, you’ll know what I’m talking about.