CORBETT-USSA HONORS AND AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 11, -11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m.)
BOB KARNES :
I want to welcome you to the Corbett Award Luncheon. I'd like to have the invocation now presented by a past NACDA President -1979 Corbett Award winner, Harry Fouke, University of Houston.
HARRY FOUKE :
Our heavenly Father, once again our membership comes together tp renew acquaintances, to exchange ideas and to explore means to achieve our major objectives; to improve intercollegiate athletics and the opportunities for the young men and women in our colleges to fulfill the dreams of a better life. We pray for your guidance as we discuss our common problems so that the decisions we make are based on wisdom- the implementations we undertake exemplify fairness and our commitment to persevere is steadfast and courageous.
There is also a time for rejoicing, as the Convention recognizes a small group of honorees seated
on the lowerdais and particularly a special honoree seated on the upper level. These guests are really representatives of the entire group who have been selected by their peers for special awards. May we
ask that you provide a special blessing on them that somehow they feel that you too rejoice for them, and that as products of your handiwork you are proud and well-pleased in their accomplishments. A happy day then becomes a glorious day for each and everyone of us -we continue to be worthy of your love qnd your trust, nowand forevermore. Amen.
It is my pleasure at this time to introduce the members of the upperdais of this platform; first, our very capable executive director, Mike Cleary. The next gentleman is the manager of Sports Media Merchandising at Anheuser-Busch and is also a representative of Sports Time Cable Television, Bob Couch, host for our luncheon; First Vice President of NACDA, the athletic director from the Air Force Academy, John Clune; our Second Vice President, the athletic director from the University of New Hampshire, Andy Mooradian; the guy who's done a great job for us over the years as Secretary of our organization, the athletic director from Westfield State College, Paul Bogan; our former Past Presidents of NACDA, from San Jose State University, President of NACDA from 1967-68, Mr. Bob Bronzan; from the University of Illinois, President from 1972-73, Cecil Coleman; from Arizona State University, President from 1978-79, Fred Miller; from the College of
William & Mary, President from 1979-80, Ben Carnevale; from the University of Connecticut, President from
1980-81, Mr. John Toner; and from the University of Washington, President from 1981-82, Mike Lude. The other gentlemen will be involved later on. Now we get to an exciting part of our program, the Corbett Award. It is my pleasure to introduce a retired Western Athletic Conference commissioner and a 1980 Corbett Award winner to present the 1984 Corbett Award winner, Mr. Stan Bates.
Thank you, Bob; members of the dais. members of the National Athletic Directors Association and friends. Four years ago I was at your Convention in Las Vegas and I had the pleasure of receiving what I think has to be the highest award that anyone in athletic administration can receive. To add to that honor, a long time friend of mine had the job of presenting me that award. Today, the tide is reversed. I have the opportunity of presenting him this Corbett Award. Bud and I have had many similarities in our college
career and I think one of the ones that we were fortunate to have, as many of you, was a good teammate to help us with our job as director of athletics. My wife Mildred and Ila have been most understanding, devoted and supported the various jobs we had in the athletic department administration.
Many of you know Ila. She's not only been active in her home area, but also has been very much in
attendance at many of the NACDA meetings with Bud. As a co-winner of the Corbett Award, I'd like to have Ila stand and you recognize her.
In addition to Bud's many friends who are here and others who certainly know of him, we are also
pleased to have his two lovely daughters with us today -Sherry and her husband Mickey and three of the grandchildren. I believe one may be sleeping it out while this is going on. The other daughter, Wendy Hope and her husband couldn't be here because they are starting a new job and getting ready on some other assignments, but we are real pleased to have you here with us.
Bud and I go back many years in athletic administration. We were both at universities that had someWhat similar problems. We didn't have all of the meetings that you have now. We had an NCAA convention and maybe the national basketball tournament and that was about it. We didn't have the
special conventions and meetings here and there. We had problems. I think maybe some of you still have problems-but we used to try to solve them at our different meetings over the telephone and just had an association that was beyond any special recOgnition. I think the biggest problem we had then was
scheduling. It was our job to keep the athletic department budget in the black and some of you are still having the same problem. Maybe we will continue to have the same problem. I can remember a group of us getting together and trying to give some kind of a meeting where we could sit down and discuss our
problems to have some experts come in and tell us What we might do to improve our situations. Out of
those discussions we built NACDA. Certainly under Mike Cleary, it's grown to a tremendous organization that's beneficial to all of you and it's just nice to know how well it's operating.
Bud, of course, was one of the ones who was very instrumental in the formation of NACDA. He was instrumental in the development of the Western Athletic Conference. As commissioner of that
conference, I was always interested in what he had to say because he had all of the answers. I know many of you have read of his accomplishments and know of them, but I would like to just mention a few as we go along. I can't mention all of them or we would be here all afternoon. But, as a graduate of the University of Utah, took advance work at the University of Utah and graduate work there, as welL as at Northwestern. If my mathmatics are right, he's been at the University of Utah for 38 years. After
serving for 18 years as director of athletics at Utah, he is now assistant vice president for the athletic development fund and he has built that now to a little over $800,000 on an annual basis. Bud became
athletic director in 1958 and has experienced all the thrills and disappointments that many of us athletic directors have had. Not only has the day-to-day operation always been operated in a fine manner, the 15,000-seat sports complex was developed during his time and also a multi-purpose set of buildings for recreation and physical education and health and Rice Stadium. They built an especially nice press
box for scholarship donors and also put new turf on the field which W;iS the first artificial turf that. was developed in the Western Athletic Conference. Many NCAA championships have been held at the University of Utah including tennis, skiing, swimming and basketball.
I personally know how important Bud was in the formation of the Western Athletic Conference, not only in all of his leadership and counsel, appreciated by all there and especially for me. We always felt
it was an excellent conference that had great associations during all the time that we were there and I am sure Joe Kearney is experiencing the same situation now. Bud was not only active in his hometown civic affairs, he had many duties there, but, for the NCAA he served as chairman of the Extra Events Committee,
a member of the committee on committees, on the NCAA Olympic Committee, I think it is now the International Relations Committee. He was national chairman for the NCAA Olympic Fund Drive in 1968 and 1972. Also, he
was on the NCAA Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Committee. Bud has been very active, of course, with the United States Olympic Committee. He has not only been a member, but he was a member of the Board of Directors and he's been chairman of the transportation committee for both the Olympic games and the Pan American games for several years. Trips that he has had where he was an official for U.S. coriunittees
were to Sapporo, Japan; Columbia; Munich, Germany; Mexico City; Innsbruck, Austria, and he was assigned
as chief of mission for the Moscow games in Russia. Of course, those ultimately did not include the U.S., so he didn't get to make that trip, but he has been well-travelled.
Most of you are aware of the affiliation that Bud had with NACDA, besides helping start the organization. He was a board member for 4 years, chairman of theInsurance Committee, president of NACDA in 1971-72. He is a member of the NACDA Hall of .Fame, and an active volunteer in practically every Convention that you've had and a big help to our good friend, Mike Cleary. Two years ago he received the NIT Athletic Director's Award and last year he was elected to the Utah Athletic Hall of Fame -sometimes it's hard for an administra- tor to get elected. Mostly participants and coaches seem to control that. With all these accomplishments and many, many more, it is only fitting that your Corbett Award winner this year should be Bud Jack, and it is a perfect honor for me to give you the Corbett Award winner, Bud Jack.
BOB KARNES :
Under normal conditions Bud would respond. However, he is going to a little later in the program.
We had what may be a first in intercollegiate athletics, and it is an exciting thing for all of us Who have been involved in NACDA this past year. A special presentation and award, it is my pleasure to introduce the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United States Sports Academy, Mr. George Uhlig.
I suspect that I am in a unique minority here today. I've never been an athletic director, never
been married to an athletic director, I am not an athletic director, not married to one, don't plan to be
an athletic director and I don't plan to marry an athletic director. Now I don't know who else besides Tim Foley and a few of the youngsters in the audience are in that group, but it is a pleasure to be h~re and it is unique because when I come to the NACDA meetings and this is my fourth, over the years I find many old, close friends.
The U.S. Sports Academy was found~d in 1972. It was the idea of Dr. Thomas Rosandich. Many of you know Tom. Tom sends his regards. Those of you who knowabout the academy know that w~ have been very heavily involv~d in sports education and sports management programs in th~ Mideast. We have about 500 employees in Behran and Saudi Arabia and because of the strife between Iran and Iraq, Tom has been under
tremendous pressure to d~v~lop some optional evacuation plans, and had to fly to Saudi Arabia on Wedn~sday. In 1972 when the Sports Academy was founded, we looked to NACDA to provide advice and guidance. In those early days we start~d with a group called the National Advisory Board that became later a smaller group called the National Board of Visitors. Several of the members of the Board of Visitors have becom~ members of the Board of Trust~es. I will introduce two in a moment. But as I look down the dais to my left, I
see at least five individuals who have been very active in helping the Sports Academy develop it's acad~mic planning. We are very grateful for that and so when the proposal was made that we honor the Corbett Award winners of NACDA, it was with enthusiasm that the Board approved and pursued the effort. So, today, we ar~ going to honor nine living Corbett Award winners of NACDA. I am going to be helped by two people who have been very close to our operation over the y~ars and who now serve as members of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Homer Rice and Mr. Carl Maddox.
You have your handout before you, I am not going to read all the whereases and the therefores for
the nine gentlemen. You know them all very well and it would b~ redundant for m~ to comment, although I might just add that the title given to them in th~ brochure giv~s the title they h~ld wh~n they receiv~d
the Corbett Award and is not necessarily the title they hold now. With that, Carl and Homer, if you would like to begin, let us begin with Thomas J. Hamilton; Albert W. Twitchell; in your program Mr. Jess~ T. Hill is listed next to him. Due to personal reasons, he could not be with us today; Robert J. Kane; it's a particular honor on the next one because I was the struggling graduate student at th~ University of Nebraska after two years in the army and I n~eded financial help. I worked for J. Bill Orwig. I was the freshman bas~ball coach there. He doesn't remember that, but we have many friends in common; J. Bill Orwig; Harry Fouke; Stan Bates; William J. Flynn; Edgar A. Sh~rman. Before I make the final award, I was asked to
tell the gentlemen that we have academic hoods for you, we would like to present you with after the meeting. We didn't think they would look appropriate with your sport coats and suits, so we are going to hold those. Finally, the honorary degree of Doctor of Sports Science to James R."Bud" Jack.
BUD JACK :
Thank you very much. On behalf of the distinguished gentlemen in front of me, we appreciate this.
This is a special pleasure. I think it enhances the position of director of athletics and I am the newest member of this elite organization. I'll do what I can to see if we can revive the practice of doctors making housecalls. Stan, I appreciate your kind comments. I was very pleased and felt very humble when I learned that I would receive the James J. Corbett Award at the Convention. One need only look at the previous Corbett Award winners in front of me to see why my humility has increased -or as we say in Utah, humbler than humbler.
This recognition brings me greater delight than possibly any award I'll ever receive, because it
affirms the significance of the work that all of us do. It really is an honor for all of us. It tells me the role of athletic director on a college or university campus is vital to the overall health and welfare of our institution. Only in recent years has the rest of the world come to recognize what we as athletic directors have known all along -and that is there are countless benefits provided for many different
groups of people because of the assignments that we as ADs have the privilege of filling. This includes personal benefits. I recall a couple of years ago being very impressed with a lecture I heard at the University of Utah by a Dr. William Devries. He was speaking on the future of artificial organs and in particular. the artificial heart. After the speech I went up to the podium to congratulate him on his remarks and introduced myself. He looked at me and said. "you don't remember me do you Bud." He said. "you gave me a track scholarship many years ago." He went on to say that if it hadn't been for that
track scholarship he may very possibly have never completed his college education. I was very proud that
the university had something to do with it. Later when he had planted the first artificial heart in Barney Clark and drew international attention. I was even more impressed -and I was pleased with the University of Utah for playing a part.
We all know that intercollegiate athletics is an integral part of education. We know there is value to the long hours of practices and participation before an athletic contest. We know that young men and women gain important experience when they learn the value of team play. which is so important to success in sports and later in life. Their participation in sports contributes to the character and personal development of young athletes. We also know that we are in the entertainment business. We must compete
for the entertainment dollar. Many of us are in competition with professional sports. but we do have the advantage of having a built-in group of fans on campus. There are few activities on a college campus that can unite the students. the faculty, the alumni and tnembers of the community as can a successful athletic team. Competitive sports gives members of the community a chance to identify with the university. Actually
we have the best of two worlds in that we build teams. we also showcase stars. Years ago. as many of you know, an athletic director was usually filled by the position by retired coaches either successful or unsuccessful. It has become obvious now that the director of athletics must be a person of many skills.
An athletic director today must be able to plan. to organize. motivate and control. He or she must under- stand the subject of finance. public relations and human behavior. He or she must be competent as a counsel- or. advisor. promoter and fundraiser. A couple of decades ago there was no formal education for training
directors of athletics. The National Association of Athletic Directors was organized. Jim Corbett, our first president was well aware of the need for such an organization. It was my privilege, as Stan Bates mentioned, to serve on the first NACDA Executive Committee, and to witness Jim's complete dedication to intercollegiate athletics.
I remember very distinctly at an organizational meeting in Washington, D.C. in 1966, Jim made it clear that his first priority was to locate the best possible person for the position of executive director. He proposed the name of Michael J. Cleary of the NCAA staff and the rest is history. Mike Cleary has been our only executive director and has been an outstanding leader and directly responsible for most of the success NACDA has enjoyed. The combination of Jim Corbett and Mike Cleary and the dedication both men gave to NACDA supplied the ingredients necessary to assure a successful professional organization for athletic administration for our universities, colleges and junior colleges. That is exactly what we have today. Our current membership is approximately 900 schools and more than 2,200 members. Most of our schools have increased the number of intercollegiate sports they administer for
women and men as well as club sports, intramurals and recreational activities. These increased activities must be managed with respect for budgets. It is difficult to increase our programs and at the same time hold the line on costs. If we do not manage with absolute integrity, we may be responsible for our own downfall. We must maintain balance in our lives. We have a need to keep a balance in the whole of life. As important as athletics is, we have to know it's not all there is in the world.
There is a group of special individuals to whom I give credit for balance in my life. and even
though Stan Bates has acknowledged them, I would like to join in cheering Ila, my wife of 39 years, 40 years in September, my daughter Sherry and her husband Mickey, two of the three grandchildren, Molly and Duffy, my daughter Wendy, who's husband of three months couldn't join us today. They have been my
balance wheel. I'd like my balance wheels to stand and let me give them a special tribute. Ila, Sherry, Wendy and Wendy's husband Steven, are all graduates of the University of Utah. and Mickey's graduated from Notre Dame, so that helps balance us too. You may find it difficult to believe, but Molly and Duffy have not attended college yet. Very seriously, all of our lives, Ila and I have enjoyed the richness that marvelous friends give us. Many of our dearest friends are here today and we thank each and everyone of you. My closing salute is to all of you -my friends and colleagues. We have the privilege of working with the young men and women who will mold the future of our country. My hopes for the future are very bright. Thank you.
BOB KARNES :
Thank you, Bud; my congratulations to you and to all the former Corbett winners who are now doctors. NACDA has a very special tradition, and I am pleased to participate in it. The current president always presents the past president with a clock. It is a beautiful clock, for George King. Now George, don't you sit down, because it's altogether appropriate that you be the one to introduce our featured speaker for today.
Thank you, Bob. Ladies and gentlemen, it is a real distinct pleasure for me to introduce our speaker today, Tim Foley. Tim is a 1970 graduate of Purdue University, and was on our only Rose Bowl Championship team back there a few years ago. I first got to know Tim more closely when he was a great influence on my oldest son going into the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Since then, of course, my second son followed suit again, because of Tim's influence. You have in front of you in the luncheon program aU of the particular accomplishments, at least some of them, that Tim has had in his short time after college, but I wanted
you to know that my sons weren't the only young people Tim has influenced. Because of that association, I have been very close to Tim through the years and followed his career and know pretty much what he
does, socially and otherwise. I guess there is no youngster who has come out of Purdue University that I had more regard for than Tim Foley. Tim was very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes when he was in college. He followed that up even after college to a great degree. He has literally spent hundreds of hours with youth groups and church groups throughout his career. When you said, "Tim, we
have this group of young people that we would like for you to speak to," he didn't say how long, where or why, he just did it; did it every time for all these many years. He's been a great ambassador for Purdue University and certainly one of our favorite sons, Tim Foley.
TIM FOLEY :
Thank you George. Usually When we are together we play golf, but I'm not much of a golfer. Did you ever see football players play golf? Take a big deep breath; not much organization in their swing. I'm going to be brief, which you can be grateful for. It's already been a pleasure for me to be here with
you. I've seen some fellows that I haven't seen for a long time and certainly being with people of vision and leadership like I am surrounde4 by up here, is a pleasure for me. I saw Johnny Dee who was the basketball coach at NotreDame for awhile. We spoke at an awards banquet back in high school. He is a good friend of Gene Sullivan's who was my basketball coach and Homer Rice, who's career I have followed. Mike Bass is here, who used to play for the Washington Redskins and a couple of other NFL teams. I remem- ber him with the Washington Redskins though, he was in that secondary that might be the only group of guys slower than I was. Not Bass, but Fisher and some of those other folks.
Ila, I'd like to congratulate you too, being married for forty years is enough of a challenge, besides being married to an athletic director. Any lady who is involved with a man in athletics has an inordinate amount of patience, so I congratulate you for that. There is much suffering involved and determination spread over those forty years. Bud, congratulations to you. People get awards for doing short-term things and when you can see commitment over an expended period of time, I think that is something that we all can resnond to, especially some of the younger folks out there who are in this field in the developmental stares. Commitment is something. You wonder a little about it today, whether it is as strong as it used to be. I know when I was at Purdue University, Red Mackey had been there since the inception of the University. He was there quite a while and Jack Mollenkoff was the football coach and for some reason, I think there was more commitment from the coach to the school and vice versa. Maybe that is something you people can help regenerate, because you certainly are the directors of all the activities and I know that athletics have had a big part in life.
I went to Purdue University. I was a highly recruited athlete out of the Chicago area. I was raised an Irish Catholic. I had a brother at Notre Dame and my mother used to say the Rosary every Saturday afternoon for the Fighting Irish. I went to Purdue University because God knew I had an uncomplicated mind. That was the only offer I had so I thought I would take it. Fred, you weren't quite there yet.
They recruited me during semester break. You know who is left at Purdue University during semester break? People from the Far East, Mid East and everybody else; all these engineers. They gave me to a guy who
was a senior who was married and he happened to be on campus. He took me down to the movies, dropped me off, stuck me in the back door and kept the money. I walked back to the union and thought I would never
go to Purdue University. When it's the only one you have, you go ahead and take advantage of it. It was probably the loneliest time of my life, the first week in college. I was basically pretty shy and it took me three days to get up enough courage to go through the cafeteria line, because I wasn't really quite
sure how that worked. I used to go down to the McDonald's down on the end of the block. Finally when my roommate got there I thought I would show him how the whole thing worked and I was his confidant, mentor at that point.
I played for three years for Jack Mollenkoff, and I never really could understand why Mollenkoff was such a successful coach, as a Frenchman. I was used to those high school coaches. Remember your high school coach? They grab you by the face mask and give you all these pep talks and get you so excited
you could hardly think. I got to Purdue University and I was part of what they called the Schwantagos at Purdue. I didn't speak Spanish at the time. I came to understand what that meant. It meant the tailenders. You were the demonstration team. On Tuesday you'd get your brains beat out on defense and on Wednesday you'd get your brains beat out on offense and you prepared the team for the next outing.
Purdue at that particular point was going pretty well in football and they were getting ready to play Minnesota. Jack got them all together at the end of one of these practices. If we beat Minnesota we go to the Rose Bowl. Jacl< used to get so excited he could hardly talk, and as he prepared this football
team to get on the plane to go to Minnesota, he gave them this emotional plea and urged them and said we are going to get on that plane and we are going to beat Wisconsin. I was just out of high schoQl and I was used to those young guys who could communicate. What I learned over the years though, was why Jack Mollenkoff was successful, because he did not give tremendous oratories before the game. He did not
inspire you with his speech, but just like Bud Jack and many of the other people who are sitting in this room that may never receive awards for doing it, he demonstrated his feeling for his players and for his charges by the way he treated them.
We played Indiana University once and Jack came down with hepatitis and was gone for three weeks from the football team. He came back into the locker room before we played Indiana University, and we have a slight rivalry with those folks down there, and he was in tears and went around and talked to every individual in the room. I've seen people do that and only talk to Leroy Keyes and Mike Phipps, but he
went around and shook everybody's hand and there wasn't a man who left that athletic program who didn't have a strong feeling for him.
Red Mackey was the same type, so I've been spoiled in the sense of my college experience, because it was one that I have no negative feelings about. I've always felt blessed in my life because I have been surrounded by strong, committed people and I'm going to tell you about one of them. I want to tell you why I feel Don Shula has accomplished what he has accomplished. I went allover the country and worked for
the Turner Broadcasting Network. I saw some real courage in football. I saw Tularie take on S~fU. We had some of the better match-ups in the country with the Turner Broadcasting Network. We would pick our games before the season started and then found ourselves, at times, scrambling. But I think I probably got a better perspective on college football than anybody who has ever broadcast games, because I had the benefit of talking to people. Being at Northeast Louisiana State was not an exception for us, nor doing Utah and Utah State.
It was exciting to see athletics at that level. There are obviously many different levels. There is big money level, but I saw it at a close-to-the-ground level, and I came away feeling super about the men who are dealing with college athletes. The coaches are in-tune with the kids and it was just an exciting thing for me to be involved with.
But I was a cornerback. None of you ladies probably ever heard of a cornerback. Nowof course, Mike Bass knows what a cornerback is, he is a guy on the defensive team that covers the wide receiver and he
is usually the guy that gets embarrassed the most. He is out in front of all the people when he makes a
mistake and it is hard to point at anybody else when you are standing in the end-zone with somebody else holding the ball and it is your end zone. I was a different kind of cornerback. Mike Bass is a usual kind of cornerback and I was a little different kind. The defensive back would like to be inconspicuous because most of the time when he gets his picture in the paper. it is not good. The other team is doing something good and you happen to be the closest one nearby. Coaches in the NFL. it is not the same in college. but coaches in the NFL tend to think that black athletes are faster than white athletes. I did a personal eleven-year study in the NFL and I found basically that was true. As a result, I would see a lot of action. My roommate was a fellow named Curtis Johnson. He was the other cornerback and he wasn't really any faster than I was. but he looked faster. He used to take real good care of me. When you get out thereon the field you are trying to look professional. You look across the line of scrimmage. and you have been
coached by all these positive thinkers that you can do it. you can do it. you can do it. and you are lined up across from Bob Hayes and he is wearing his Olympic Gold Medal just SO you don't forget who he is. It does a lot for your confidence. You hear the coaches on the sidelines saying. "throw it at the white guy." They are not stupid. There were two kinds of fears I had to deal with every Sunday afternoon. One was the fear of public humiliation. I got over that pretty early. The second was the fear of physical abuse and I am really not a very significant individual physically. and as a result, I developed a strong relation- ship with most of the nuns down in Murphy Hospital. Every fall they would start baking cookies. They knew I would be there eventually. I came out of Purdue University and I was red hot. I gat a call in January asking if I wanted to tryout for the Miami Dolphins. I'd been drafted. I knew nothing about the Miami Dolphins except that Bob Griese played for them and I knew Bob a little bit from college. because I used to pick his towels up when I was a freshman. There was something else that I had been aware of when it came to the Miami Dolphins that I still don't understand. Anybody here a Pittsburgh Steeler fan? We've got some Pittsburgh Steeler fans in here. You go play those guys and they have those black uniforms on with the gold letters. and they have those black helmets with the black facemasks. They all look like
they are related to Darth Vader and they come out of the locker room and they look mean. You play Oakland out there; they have the black jerseys and the gray numerals. and the skull and crossbones, and the Chicago Bears with those deep blue jerseys and little itty-bitty orange numbers to make their players look real
big. Have you ever tried to be mean. vicious and agressive when they dress you in turquoise and orange? It would be here come the Dolphins~
Anyway. I arrived down in Miami. All my mother cared about was Don Shula was Catholic and that was good. Her boy was going down to play for a guy who went to Mass and Communion every day. That first meeting we sat in. he was coaching a team that was 3-10-1. He came into this first meeting and he talked about one thing. He didn't have any five-year plan. he began to talk about the Super Bowl. Now I was a young kid and he was talking about the teams that we were going to have to play. I didn't knowanything about professional football. I was like many of the kids in the room there. All I knew is that we didn't have to play Michigan or ohio State. thank God. Forget about the Pittsburgh Steelers, we could beat them. So he started talking about this because he understood the principle of motivation. I am sure that you do too. because it involves athletics.
You cannot motivate someone else. At Purdue University. Jack was the kind of guy who gave no big
pep talks before the game. We would watch these other teams come out to the field and they would jump on each other and they'd be all excited. There comes a point in time when you have that first initial
contact; when your body gets smacked and that excitement better be inside you. That commitment better be inside you. It can't be superceded and placed on you by someone else. The same thing in a marriage of forty years. right? That commitment better be inside of you. He understood that and he started selling from the first meeting. Just like you people do. You have to sell a program because what you are is a director. obviously. you are the leader. the creator. the visionary person there and you have to make it happen. You have to bring together many different people; kids from the upper-middle class bracket on to a kid from the get to; an alumni who maybe gives you $5 a year and thinks he owns you. You have to sell your message to him and make him believe in what you are doing beyond winning football games. That is
what Shula began to do and he talked about the season that would lead up to the game. He talked about the playoffs. He talked about getting dressed in front of a locker. He talked about walking down the ramp. standing underneath the goalpost waiting to be introduced to play in the Super Bowl. That is what he talked about because he knew if he could get some of those old guys and some of those young guys excited about wearing a ring that very few men ever wear. they would do what it took.
We played a game one time, the same year we ended up playing Mike Bass' football team. against the Buffalo Bills. We were 13-0 and the Buffalo Bills were 3-10. They were glad the season was ending in Miami because they could stay for awhile. They weren't really too concerned about winning the football game. They were concerned mostly about not getting hurt because it was the last game of the season. They showed up because if they d1dn't show up they wouldn't get paid.
It all comes down to a reason. to a vision. If I can do something for my children. what I will do is to help them to define their vision. not mine. You folks are planners. You have to be planners. I don't care how much your budget is. if it is $7 million or $100.000 you have to be frugal and you have to plan. But. you understand that more people spend more time planning a Christmas than they do planning
their life. So if I can do something for my kids. I will help them create a vision of where they want to
go and who they want to be. That is what Shula did for us as far as a football team goes. He took a group of kids that didn't believe and made them believe. He gave them a reason and he rammed it down their throats and convinced them that they could do it and eventually it happened. He gave them a mission and I think rou have to teach people to celebrate too. If you read the paper and listen to the news all tne
time you can get depressed and become cynical about what is happening. One of the enlightening things
about traveling around the country during the fall is I've got to meet some of the people on your football teams and I got to meet some of the men who were directing your football teams and it was exciting for me. They were men of principle and men of commitment and the kids were excited and enthusiastic. They had belief in their eyes and it hadn't been tainted by years of disappointment yet. If you can teach the
people whom you are associated with to celebrate, no matter what happens, they are going to be happy and joyful no matter what happens. And like I said, as a cornerback you need to get over public embarrassment in thirty seconds because that is when the next play starts.
I think the last thing that you people, as folks who form programs and lives, need to teach your athletes is that their self esteem has to go beyond their football shoes or basketball or baseball, because so many of their lives are so intricately tied with what they do on an athletic field. Some of you have faced it athletically, as a coach, maybe things didn't work out and your program didn't become as successful as you wanted it to be, but your self-esteem has to go beyond athletics. It is awfully difficult for a person to understand that. We get tied up as administrators in doing so many administrative things that
I think sometimes you guys miss out, and ladies, miss out on much of the joy of seeing the lives change as they progress through your university, because you are under the gun all the time. You have the pressure. You've got to raise the money. You've got to create a winning program. You are handling so many irons in the fire.
I grew up in Chicago. We would go to the Bear games, the White Sox games, Cub games; basically I was a masochist. I went to all those games and I never had the courage to ask any of those athletes for an autograph because I was afraid. I was shy. But I know there are kids who go to the Dolphin games and
they don't really care much about the game, like my little girl. I took her to a game one time and we were standing around before the game started. She asked me when I was going to get my costume on. The band
came out for the second half and the cheerleaders and she was really excited. Then the football team came out for the second half and she started to cry. She thought it was over. But some of them go just so they can meet some of the professional athletes. I was growing up at 1220 Ashland Avenue, on a quiet evening
in the summer and I wds standing out there. I was 8 years old, had a bat in my hand in my back yard. I was never in my back yard. My mother would look out the kitchen window and she'd see her little eight-year
old out there, but I wasn't there. When I was eight-years old I was in County Stadium. I wasn't Tim Foley, I was Hank Aaron. There were two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and there were two men on base.
Ryne Duren tried to blaze one by me, but I got ahold"of it. I had those quick wrists and I cracked it out of the left field stand in County Stadium and all the people were coming down out of the seats and carried
me out of my back yard. That is what used to happen at 1220 Ashland Avenue. I had heroes like that; people who I looked up to. In the fall I was Johnny Unitas and I used to find Raymond Barry over in the corner
of the end zone late in the fourth quarter and fire it to him and we'd win the game. Once again my mother would look out the window now and there would be a little bit of ice on the window and she'd see her little boy out there throwing the ball at a tree. I had heroes like that and I know what kids go through when they are standing there and they are waiting and the anticipation is starting to build. The first guy to the locker door might have been Wayne Moore. Now Wayne Moore was 6'8", like a graphite giant walking out of the locker room door and the kid will look at him and say, "that is a Dolphin, I want to get his name on this piece of paper." But it would be slow. He wouldn't run right over there and say, "Mr. Moore, sign this." He'd go step by step until finally he was standing beneath Wayne and to speak at that point would usually be too much to ask. Wayne would see him standing there and reach down and sign the piece of paper and now the elation, celebration, the heart beating faster, running back to his mom or dad saying, "I got
it, I got it." And next might have been Nat Moore and Bob Griese. Now I was usually one of the last ones
out of the locker room because I was older and my body got smushed a lot. By this time this kid has become a lot more confident and this piece of paper has become very valuable, because what used to be a plain piece of paper now has the signatures of his heroes. I usually got qualified when I came out of the
Miami Dolphin locker room door. They would Bee this old looking white guy come out. They didn't know if I was the equipment manager or the trainer or what I was, so usually that scared little kid of twenty
minutes ago comes strutting over to me and looks at me and says, "hey, are you somebody?" I would realize what he wanted and sign the paper and they thought that was neat that you wore a helmet with fish on it
and ran into other grown men on a football field; pretty sharp. You and I know that that is no big deal. It is a job and something that you do for a living. It's fun to do and I have enjoyed doing it, standing
on that wide white stripe when they played the National Anthem was something I loved to do, but it doesn't make us any better. When you stop and think of the somebodies in your life, the 68-year old football
coach or my folks and my wife and a priest; people that you haven't even heard of, people who listened to
you when you weren't too easy to listen to and told you you could do it when you didn't think you could do
it. They encouraged you to get up when you wanted to stay down, the people who have really been a formative factor in your life. I think that we have to understand as grown up adult-type people, that when those
kids come into our institutions, they are as scared as I was and for you to say something to them and for you to recognize them and for you to pay special attention to them and for you to give them a gift of encOUragement -sometimes we don't realize how significant that is. Sometimes we get bombarded by the negative things and the problems so much we tend to forget. I sometimes forget my mission, and it broadens
out from there.
I appreciate being able to share some time with you. Again, congratulations on that commitment. I
think that level of commitment is something that we all hopefully can find in our lives that we can believe in enough, that we can commit our lives to besides the people who we have and our spirit influence. Thank you very much for your inspiration. I appreciate being here.
Tim, thank you. That was fun listening to you. I think you showed some special insights and sensitivities and I think we are all rewarded by listening to you speak. Now, a reminder that a special exhibit session is on now.