Why Your Coach is a Sociopath
By Andy Thompson, ESPN 977
You know at halftime of the big football games how they march out the CFO of Dr. Pepper and he's always stiff as a board, reading a script and seems to have no life force, no personality...there's a reason for that.
US News & World Report put out their "Top 25 Most Stressful Jobs for 2022" Financial manager/CFO's was #1, Why?
"If your company doesn’t meet its financial goals, you could be held accountable. So in this job, you need to be adept at managing stress."
#2 Lawyer. Big stake court cases, in the public eye, you win or lose on a stage. Court is stressful.
#3 Physician. Malpractice lawsuits. You have to execute correctly. You have to diagnose properly, you have to perform the surgery without mistakes, etc...understandable. That's why they get paid a lot.
#8 Car Sales Manager. For me this might be #1. A job where you have a quota to hit and it's not totally under your control. You've gotta sell a 2003 Buick LeSabre. It's a lemon. You gotta sell it. A looky-loo comes to the lot, he's got Car Fax, he's got Carvana, you've got a used LeSabre that smells like Marlboros. You gotta close. Go! That's stress.
And the stress adds up and changes you. That's why people that work these high stress jobs are always mocked. Lawyers are slimy and will lie to win, Car Salesmen are relentless, overly aggressive. CEO's are stiff and robotic, afraid to make a mistake.
Here's a job that's a car salesman, a physician, a money manager, a politician, a cult leader and on and on all in one. College football coach. There's a reason Nick Saban is the way he is. When he was at Toledo he had to sell a lemon to recruits every day that's high stress. When he was with the Dolphins he had to confront the media about huge embarrassing losses after coaching malfeasance...like a physician who screwed up a surgery. Brian Kelly, another sociopath, huge money huge expectations, you gotta perform. That's why Kelly walks around stiff as a board and reading from a script wherever he goes. Just like the doctor pepper CEO. The stick up his butt is a stress stick. College football coaches should be #1 on the US News stressful jobs list.
Which is why it's so amazing when you come across a coach with all that pressure, and the public failures, and the media scrutiny, and the weight of all that, who is a normal, charming guy. Bobby Bowden. Fun, relaxed, sense of humor. Mike Leach, weird yes, but a real person, authentic, personality. The opposite of the dr pepper CFO or Brian Kelly. Paul Peterson, Utah Tech. Has the same excited demeanor today that he had during his opening press conference. Think of all the pressure, raising money, making quotas, keeping players happy in the era of the transfer portal, selling recruits after a one win season, a community who has issues with the school and on and on. This guy seems unflappable. He's not tightening up like Kelly. He's fired up to go beat SUU. The stress doesn't seem to ever be able to catch him.
Will the trailblazers be able to catch their first FCS win of the season this weekend? Pressure's on.