Dirty Harry Meets Gene Chizik 2.0

Dirty Harry
BobLee
September03/ 2015

What did Harry Callahan, John Tenuta, Dave Huxtable and Dr Laurence J. Peter all know….. that Gene Chizik and Bobby Collins learned The Hard Way?  Listen up my friends and you shall hear….

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I’ve not met him and likely never will; but I’ve heard nothing but good things coming from amid the lofty pines about Gene Chizik 2.0 …. the version now “coaching the defense” over in Chapel Hill.   You probably know who he is.

Gene ChizikActually I HAVE heard some un-good things about Coach Chizik.from ABCers who have never met him and likely never will.  “They” portray him as “Eeeeevil on a soda cracker”….. the personification of Allll the multitudinous  malevolences running rampant across Big Time College Football…. the poster-boy for cheatin’ and shady doins’…. a for-real low-down dirty bird (war eagle?) for certain.   Again, I can’t say…. I’ve not met the man.

BE ADVISED:  If Billy Graham, The Pope and Mother Teresa were driving down I-40 to da beach; and took Exit 270 for a bite of lunch…. went into Sutton’s Drug Store for chili dogs and were spied by a lurking ABCer who snapped their pic…. and posted it on PPride.   St Peter would receive 10,000 emails demanding that Billy, Pope and Terri all be denied entry thru His Pearly Gates for even setting foot “over yonder”.  Being hated by ABCers ain’t that hard to do.  It happens to me about every six weeks or so.  🙂

Could Gene Cizik be the long-awaited messiah who as a lowly DCoor will awaken the “sleeping giant”, smite Damn Dan Kane and stir up the echoes of Choo Choo and LT? ….. “echoes of Choo Choo and LT” ????

Laurence Peter….  OR…. Could he simply be a fellow who “Peter Principled” ….. succeeded so well as he climbed the career ladder that he took one more step than his skill set was designed for?  That is what Dr Laurence J. Peter’s infamous Principle means….

 

“going one step beyond where your skill set / competence was designed to carry you…. where the wheels come off the previously fine-tuned motor car.  Succeeding to your Level of Incompetence.

Did you know the TWO most worn-out cliches in the 70s were (1) “Peter Principle”, and (2)I’m a people person“.  Aaaarrgghhh.

Did the cruel unforgiving Football Gods keep whispering in Gene Chizik’s ear….. “You are such a fine Defensive Coordinator, you’d make an excellent Head Coach with all it’s glory and celebrity…. Go For It.   Sure being a Head Coach is completely different from Coordinating, but what the heck Go For It….. so, like most who hear that siren’s song Gene Chizik did Go For It.

BobLee, what does this have to do with Dirty Harry.   Patience Young Grasshopper.  Patience.

The corporate world is littered with Peter Principled corpses who “went for it”.   Outstanding salesmen who turned out NOT to be very good CEOs.   Outstanding “finance guys” who could not lead a troop of Boy Scouts around the block…. but went for “the corner office” and flopped.   And outstanding Coordinators who lacked just one /two of the inherent personality traits necessary to be a Head Coach…. at least on The Big Stage.

Rare indeed is the man (or woman) who can self-evaluate and admit:  For all the reasons I’m pretty darn good at “doing this”, I would not be very good at all “doing that”.

From my own experiences I’d say it is rare indeed.  You are doing what you like to do and doing it very well… funny how those two things seem to go together.  Yet you are compelled to go just one step beyond…. thru the career portal into a world that demands you be who you are not, doing things you are not very good at doing.

The swaggering “gunfighter” litigator who dazzles’em in the courtroom…. who makes a gawdawful senior partner.   The most excellent classroom teacher who delights in lighting the learning lamp…. who forsakes where he/she is so very content…. to be a Principal forever burdened with “paperwork” and administrative crap and as far from the self-satisfaction of “lighting learning lamps” as possible.

An oft-told tale in every field of endeavor.  Let he who has not tasted that bitter reality throw the first stone at Gene Chizik…. or at Carl Torbush…. or at John Bunting…. or maybe at Mike O’Cain ….. at Chuck Amato.   Did Smilin’ John Tenuta and Dave “Must Die” Huxtable know something they did not know?

Dirty Harry?   Patience Young Grasshopper.

A classic example from days long gone by would be Bobby Collins.  Somehow a good ol’ boy from One-StopLight, Mississippi who liked “coachin’ football” getting down in the trenches and blowing his whistle and yelling at kids….. woke up one day in the early 80’s on Beverley Drive in toney Highland Park, Texas on the campus of fru-fru Southern Methodist University as Head Coach of The Mustangs .   If Gene Chizik ever gets to bemoaning HIS FATE, Gene should call Bobby Collins.

I knew Bobby Collins…. and I was living right outside Highland Park TX in the early 80s.  If EVER there was a more awkward fit than Bobby Collins and SMU, it has yet to be dreamt of in the mind o’ man.   …. Julia Roberts marrying Lyle Lovett?  Touche.

Bobby Collins

Gene won a national championship at Auburn…. made millions for 4-5 years…. got a cushy buy-out…. and now is the 4th highest paid employee at The Flagship (do I mean 3rd?  No, you forget Bill Roper who runs UNCHealth Whatever).

And Bobby Collins now in his late 70s is back in Mississippi being “weren’t you that coach that got THE DEATH PENALTY?”

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As so often is the case, we turn to San Francisco Homicide Detective Harry Callahan.   NOT Police Commissioner Callahan…. NOT Mayor Callahan…. just Homicide Detective Harry Callahan.

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Dr Laurence J. Peter and Harry Callahan notwithstanding; Gene Chizik COULD indeed be “Eeeevil on a soda cracker…. “a mercenary on a mission” to drive the final nail in the Tar Heel coffin…. John Blake on steroids.

….. OR just “a football coach” who lost his way.

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Time away from football showed Gene Chizik how he wanted to return

, USA TODAY Sports 4:02 a.m. EDT September 3, 2015

 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — There are scars on Gene Chizik’s career that will never completely go away, circumstances he can’t reverse, feelings that lingered for a long time about the way Auburn dumped him two years after delivering the school’s first national championship in more than a half-century.

But when Chizik makes his return to coaching Thursday night as North Carolina’s defensive coordinator in a nationally televised game against South Carolina, he will do so as a man empowered to be the one thing that was so hard for him to pull off as a head coach: Himself.

The aloof, dispassionate caricature that Chizik struggled to escape during turbulent times at Auburn has been replaced by a version unafraid to share his personality and thankful to go back to his roots as one of the finest defensive minds in college football.

“I look back on things, and there’s parts of this profession that I did not enjoy when I should have,” Chizik said. “I look back on that and feel like I’m going to enjoy whatever I’m doing (now) because I don’t have to do it. This is my choice, and I won’t choose to be miserable. I just want it to be different.”

READ MORE….  http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/acc/2015/09/03/gene-chizik-north-carolina-defensive-coordinator-returns–coach/71598520/

 

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“Good/ungood” who knows? It was less Chizik’s hiring than the fact he was even considered that raised eyebrows. Mired in Year 5 of TGU , one might think the flagship’s PTB would avoid candidates having even the slightest hint of impropriety on their resumes…deserved or otherwise. I’ve searched the “carolina commitment” and have yet to find which one of lil’ Carol’s “reforms” gives the A-Ok to events such as “Big Cat Weekends” and “Tiger Prowls.” Hey , maybe Gene wasn’t involved with the pay-for-play , grade-changing and Cecil’s salary demand shenanigans but he could certainly see ’em from where he… Read more »

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My boring analysis. Chizik doesn’t have to do too much or have much to prove on the field at any rate. As bad as the defense was in 2014, any accomplishment that improves the D up to just average will be considered guruesque. If on the other hand the D zooms into the top ten in several categories The C will either be moving on to greener pastures or under another investigation. Or both. Fully expect some modest defensive improvement by the middle to late season. Picking the SEC school tonight against an ACC school is not a bold move.… Read more »

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I did learn a new phrase….Fru-Fru. That seems to fit the Light Blue Smurfette. If I read the various bio’s on her at Dartmouth, then she was at her peak capacity (the PP Level) THERE. BUT, being the overachiever that she is, she done moved up a few notches. It may also be a PP Level moment for Roger Gooddell…. I forget my “most likely to….” monikers (both from teachers and classmates), but NEVER did I foresee what my life and career path would offer. I DID suffer from the “You gotta be a Plant Manager by 30…” syndrome and… Read more »

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“I’ve not met him and likely never will …” Why is that? As to either end of the sentence fragment? Surely of man of your estimable internet sway could find an opportunity to sit down with a guy you write a column about. Now that the season is officially under way, you may have to wait until the Birmingham Tidy Bowl has been played and Chizik has some time on his hands, but I’m satisfied that if you want to work it out Chizik would accommodate. Are you afraid maybe you would like him?

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Rising beyond your capability and doing stupid things are honored American traditions…. as are the bear traps fate plants with the English language. No matter what, somebody always says something about something illegal, stupid, or both… and the conversation recipient, and subsequent dispenser, who doesn’t have to possess an IQ north of a teenage Warf rat to be believed… becomes a star…see Marvin’s tweet for verification… A wad of hundred dollar bills flashed at Arby’s will have Gene detailing Yugo’s at Mack Brown’s Used Car Emporium and Authentic Texas BBQ restaurant in Fuquay-Varina in one day L’il Carol will send… Read more »

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I hesitate to say “quintessential” because it is difficult to spell and quite pretentious…. but THIS could be THE Quintessential BobLeeSays of All Time.

Not only taking us into psycho-depths Freud only imagined but artfully blending pop culture with trivial football crap. If only Oprah still had her show, surely her producer would be calling. KUDOs out the Wazoo!

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“Well, another great response lost. Nevertheless, in summary, you continue to amaze me, BL, with the breadth of your insight into human nature. It should make us all think about where each of us has come from in life as well as where we are headed. It made me think about my own family: my Dad who just wanted to be the best mailman in the world; my Mom who wanted to be the best mother in the world while serving church and community in a myriad of ways; my sister Jennie who was a great middle-school teacher who resisted… Read more »

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Chizik reminds me of Ol’ Sheriff Joe from Maricopa County AZ. He knows the rules, he knows the edge of said rules Provide Adequate Shelter I’ll Put dem boys in tents and Build a 20 foot electrified fence around it and give my guards 3000 rounds of ammunition and require them to fire 500 warning shots a day, Provide Suitable Clothing I’ll make ’em wear pink! You get my drift. Jails and orange jumpsuits are for other Sheriff’s, not Ol’ Joe’s. Damnit he is going to do his my way until the big boys come down here and shackle him… Read more »