Different Strokes...Art Briles vs. Charlies Weis

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Maybe it's just semantics but we didn't see a more stark contrast in presentation this week in terms of how you talk about your team to the media than Art Briles vs. Charlie Weis. Let's Compare.  

Charlie Weis

We’re 1-11 and picked by everybody to finish last in the league, and that’s justifiable. If I were you, I’d pick us in the same spot. We’ve given you no evidence or no reason to be picked anywhere other than that.
— Charlie Weis on being picked last in the conference
When you go through a transition coming in and you dismiss 29 scholarship players, which Idid for a variety of off-the-field issues—not one of those players did I get rid of because they weren’t any good. You can’t do it for that reason. So now I took a team that already wasn’t very good, and I made them worse talent-wise. So that led to we need to fill the holes right now.
— Charlies Weis on the necessity of recruiting Junior College players
Then everyone wants to play. There’s no one that wants to not play. I said, have you looked at that pile of crap out there? Have you taken a look at that? So if you don’t think you can play here, where do you think you can play? It’s a pretty simple approach. And that’s not a sales pitch. That’s practical. You’ve seen it, right? Unfortunately, so have I.
— Charlie Weis on recruits wanting to play early

Art Briles

You know, I actually got asked that earlier. I don’t know how many people vote, I guess 25. I was wondering why those other 23 didn’t believe in us.
— Art Briles on receiving two first place votes in the Big 12 pre-season poll
Well, there’s two shiny things up here, that helmet and my head probably. To me, that’s what it’s all about. You got style, you got attitude, you got effort. You have an image,and our image is we’re going to play fast, we’re going to be fearless, and we’re not going to worry about what other people think be cause we know who we are and we know what we’re going to do.
— Art Briles on the new helmet design and its reflection on the Baylor program
Really, Bryce, a reasonable expectation, first thing that popped into my mind is break every Baylor record there is offensively, which is what we expect him to do and what he plans to do.
— Art Briles on expectations for quarterback Bryce Harper
There’s people going to drive by there with 6 year olds and 86 year olds in their vehicle, and they’re going to look over there. Where they’ve driven straight by for the previous 50 years, they’re going to look over and say, that’s Baylor University? That’s that stadium on the Brazos River? That’s their campus? That’s unique. That’s different. That’s something I want my grandchildren to be a part of and as a 6 year old I want to be a part of.
— Art Briles on the new Baylor Stadium

Now I realize that Baylor is up and coming with a new stadium, glossy new uniforms, and swagger to spare, but listen to great, I mean great, college football coaches and you hear equal parts advocate and saleman. Great college coaches are always selling. In the words of Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, "Always be closing."  Everyone is watching. Do you want to be part of a sinking ship or a sailing ship. Briles has run this pitch from day one at Baylor. Get on board, we're going, if not we'll leave you behind.

Weis on the other hand has the worst team in the Big 12, but that doesn't mean he can't sell it differently or better. If you were a player in the weight room in Lawrence watching Weis's performance on Monday would you be inspired to go a little harder, lift a little more weight? Probably not. You're a pile a crap. You deserve what you get.  

I'll guarantee one thing, after this week more kids want to go to/work harder at Baylor then kids that have added Kansas to their radar.

Oh and I believe we had this.  


Posted on July 24, 2013 and filed under Sports.