EL PASO, Texas — In football, every day is third-and-one. Every day, coaches push players, seeking their limit. It’s a military mentality; break them down to build them up.
“Football’s an intense game,” said Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables. “Every day’s intense. Energy and intensity is part of the game. I don’t think it’s a cerebral sport.”
Not cerebral, but a fine line. Anyone who believes coaches never cross that line has their head in the Astroturf. So is the head of anyone who believes players are the same as they used to be.