Received the following note earlier from a fan who obviously doesn’t get where the “Deserve Victory” mantra was coined.
“Deserve Victory? This has been the problem with Canes teams for the past ten years. This false sense of entitlement these players get when they enroll at The U. Lethargic practice and play stemming from players riding the success of those who came before them, and thinking that because they go to NFL U they will win games and get drafted.
I understand what you guys think this t-shirt means, but my initial thought when I saw it was one of disgust. It’s ironic that you choose to embrace a phrase that has single-handedly brought down this dynasty. I was expecting something a little better when I saw you hyping this new design for a week.”
From Jorge Milian at the Palm Beach Post: Sitting on Kirby Hocutt’s desk in his University of Miami office is a 300-page, four-pound binder with the title Deserve Victory.
The tome’s author? Al Golden, who was introduced Monday evening as the Hurricanes’ new football coach.
Golden gave Hocutt, UM’s athletic director, the book during a two-hour meeting last Monday at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Hocutt interviewed several other candidates over the course of two days in the Big Apple, but none had the impact of Golden, who in the past five seasons transformed Temple’s downtrodden program into a winner.
“I walked out of there thinking, ‘This is the guy. He’s got it,’ ” Hocutt said.
Hocutt admitted on Monday that he had only read parts of the book, which details Golden’s vision for turning Miami from an Atlantic Coast Conference also-ran into a national championship contender. Skimming through the pages, Hocutt said he was won over by Golden’s attention to detail.
“Al had gone the extra mile,” Hocutt said. “He came in with a game plan. He had a drive and desire and hunger for this job.”
From a piece written by Dave Hyde at the Sun-Sentinel: Golden, you see, believes in the power of the written word.
“Once you write something down you’re more committed to it,” he said. “You can refine it from there. I write everything down I believe in and want to do.”
Oh, he speaks directly and strongly. Like when he says something like, “We’re going to get back to developing young quarterbacks here that want to go to the NFL.”
Or when answering what will be different about these same Miami players next year: “Finishing. The way we will run to the football on defense and finish plays. The way we’ll finish plays on special teams, finish runs on offense, finish blocks, finish games. Finishing. That a glaring issue to me.”
What Golden is saying there, essentially, is Miami players were lazy last year. Or sloppy. That isn’t him. Here’s a story: While a Boston College assistant, Golden got word a recruit was deciding the next day.
When the dinner ended at 9 p.m., he drove four hours to the recruit’s New Jersey home, left a note on his porch and immediately drove back to Boston. Did the kid sign?
“Of course he did,” he said. “I didn’t do all that to lose him.”
There that idea in that story again: The written word. And Golden’s believe in it in something like a porch note. He reaches into a draw of his desk now and there it is in a bigger way. There’s his vision of Miami.
It’s the 300-page, spiral-bound book he took to his interview with Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt. The book is printed in Miami’s colors, says, “Deserve Victory” on the cover and, under that, “The Pillars of Performance” with a picture of the Greek Parthenon. On the pillar are words like “discipline” and “work”.
So again, the purpose behind this shirt was to back Coach Golden and his mantra of deserving victory – which has nothing to do with a sense of entitlement and everything to do with putting a game plan in place that WHEN IMPLEMENTED, leaves players no choice but to deserve victory.
Victory is deserved when it is earned. Golden wants these kids to both uphold the legacy and to put in all the work on the practice field that has them deserving wins on Saturday afternoons.
Ever since Golden took over, practices have been far from lethargic. Guys have been worked into the dirt as the lack of conditioning was the first issue dealt with and when interviewed this spring, every player to a man talked about the new tempo at practice and the ‘U Tough’ workout kicking their asses.
This shirt was made to help get that message across with a ‘Goldenism’ — not to promote the things that rotted ‘The U’ from within.