The word "coach" has been a title of respect. A college or high school coach has a great responsibility; he or she needs to remember that the sport is a part of a larger academic life for the student-athlete. The word "coach" should encompass the roles of educator, mentor, guidance counselor and manager of on-field duties.
With all the college football drama over the past month, between Mangino at Kansas, the Leach debacle and now Lane Kiffin at USC, it is sometimes very easy to forget how we are at Penn State.
The best example is last year when Illinois came a courtin' Larry Johnson Sr. Johnson turned down goobs of money to stay Penn State because of loyalty and love of true meaning of coaching
"I made a decision not based on monetary gain or status," Johnson told the Patriot-News. "The overriding factors were my loyalty to Penn State, my love for my players and my loyalty to their families that are already committed to me.
"I owe it to them to make a good decision, and I think I made the best one I could have made at this juncture in my career," he added.
Often, in college sports, succes is measured only in wins, whether it be in football, basketball, or even volleyball. As fans we forget that these are young men and women who are really just beginning their lives. We forget that equally important success in college sports is success off the field.
Luckily, as Penn Staters, we have coaches that have not forgotten that fact.