I replied in a Football forum to a football coaches praise/scorn thread, and ended up praising what we are so grateful for in CKS. I thought it might be better appreciated here.
We do seem to be a diamond in the rough sort of University so far… in football anyway.
Established greats are out of our price range or otherwise determined to go to one of the “uppity” universities.
Our history, post Yoeman, has been get an unknown, have some success, and lose the coach to $$ and prestige elsewhere.
In MBB we had Guy V, some in between, including some good names, but now we have someone special. From what I read and hear, it is a second chance for him but probably his greatest legacy for Sampson and he is approaching that for my Alma Mater.
Sampson has held fast to culture and development of players with potential and character. Judas as I recall said we had the toughest training and development culture but was, in the end, pretty fake. I think the ideology is the best. Remember SMU and many others flopping late in the game because they couldn’t handle the intensity, pace, and never ending pressure?
Sampson has beaten some very good teams with endurance and intensity. THAT IS his culture. Blue collar. Notice though as we approached the final four how much better teams could hang with us. Winners have that culture.