B1G coaches name least enjoyable task from assistant coaching days
Everyone in life has to go through the grunt work to make it to the top of the food chain. College football coaches are no different.
In a recent post on the B1G Network’s social media page, the coaches of the conference gave their worst memories of working as low-level assistants back in the early days of their careers. Sure, it’s cringy to hear those that get to stand on the sidelines and make millions complain about mediocre tasks, but it’s also relatable to many around the nation.
Take for instance Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, who used to have to pour coffee for the full-time coaching staff while working as a graduate assistant. And no, he doesn’t mean run out to Starbucks and get a specific mocha latte. He means brewing a pot and walking 6 feet over to the coach only to be shoved to the side seconds later.
The same could be said for Indiana’s Tom Allen, who when not breaking down defensive film was on his hands and knees scrubbing the toilets of the coaches’ office. Instead of brushing up on offensive formation, he was brushing down the porcelain throne for future usage.
Michigan State’s Mel Tucker said he hated filming 1-on-1 pass rush sets. Rutgers’ Greg Schiano used to be in charge of picking up lunch from the dining hall for meetings in the afternoon. Both Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Illinois’ Bret Bielema hated slicing film by hand to prepare for matchups during the week.
Maryland’s Mike Locksley might have had the worst job of all; babysitting. While practice took place in the summer, the Terps’ head coach would monitor other coaches’ kids at the pool as the official lifeguard on call.
Just remember folks, college coaches are just like us.