Chris Brown over at Smart Football has posted a letter written by recently-fired Texas A&M head football coach Mike Sherman. The letter is addressed to all high school coaches in Texas. It outlines a philosophy and methodology for relating to players, which, if embraced and followed, will allow a coach to be a true leader. It could apply to a lot of settings, even for office management, or even a family.
Late this past season, West Virginia University saw the peeling paint on the walls that were crumbling around them. They wanted out of the Big East Conference, and out as fast as possible. The Big 12 was their requested destination, a conference with their own problems of late (see exits of Nebraska a year ago, TA&M and Mizzou this year, and an almost greater exodus of some members to the Pac-12). The problem for WVU was the conference bylaws — the 27-month exit period, an impediment to a fast getaway.