Chris (SEattle): Coach—There has been speculation that you were cropped out of a photo of all the Pac 10 coaches in NY on the front page of ESPN’s website, were you in that photo?
|Paul Wulff: Chris, I’ve been asked that question before, and, yes, I was in the photo.|
Anyway, photo flap aside, you know what stood out? Maybe it’s just me, or it’s our own “Sutra” and myself who have noticed this, but coach Wulff? He sure as hell looks like he’s been LIFTING, doesn’t he? Check out some pics after the read more, and see if you agree. Plus more links and stuff after the jump…..
First, here’s some shots from the last two years.
But that was then. This is now:
See, when you don’t look or feel your best, you aren’t on top of “your game”. It obviously varies from person to person, but when you feel good about your appearance, you generally have more self-confidence, and others can feed off of that. ESPECIALLY when you are in a highly visable, leadership-type CEO position that is an NCAA head coaching gig. Let’s face it, a huge part of this game is recruiting, and in recruiting you are not only selling the school and the education that comes with it, but you are also selling yourself. If you look like a fit former NCAA football player, and you feel better, that will convey itself to the recruit and their family as you stand in their living room, trying to close the deal.
Don’t think it matters? Well, is there any doubt that some of those who are regarded as some of the best recruiting head coaches around also have a fit, healthy image? Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, even Pete Carroll, they all gave off the healthy/fit/confident vibe. Now think of some recent coaches who have failed, and think of the vibe they must have been giving off:
On to the links:
- Howie Stalwick reports for Cougfan on Day Four of fall camp. Highlights include Steve Morton’s impact on the offensive line, some players who are hungry to prove the preseason doubters wrong, and some encouraging news regarding projected ticket sales for this year. Good work Howie!
- Also from Cougfan, some news was made yesterday as it appears Bill Moos’ right-hand-man from Oregon, WSU alum Mike Marlow, is coming to Pullman. Per the article, Marlow has resigned his post in Oregon where he’s been since 1998, and will be joining the WSU athletic department. Sounds like a very good get, as the changes continue in WSU athletics.
- Grippi’s recap focuses on the increase in intensity from Day Four, some praise for frosh tackle Kalafitoni Pole, the kicking job appears wide open, and a great quote from B.J. Guerra on practicing against your teammates:
“You have to have it in your mind, when you step on the field, they are on the other side of the line,” junior guard B.J. Guerra said. “You’ve got to go. You’ve got to kick their ass.”
- Coach Wulff’s video from yesterday’s practice: