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Letter: ASU football had winning formula once

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Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 10:00 am

When I came to the Valley from Western Pennsylvania, coaches were authority figures, taught perfect fundamentals passionately, weren't trying to be friends or touchy-feely with their players, and lawsuits and psychologists were not popular or prevalent.

Excellant coaches and teachers push their students and players outside their comfort zone, learning fundamentals over and over again until they become automatic, so under stress, the new improved move comes out perfectly.

When I came to ASU games in the mid 1970s, the average crowd was 70,000 screaming and loyal fans. ASU had a tradition as winners, as well as being tough, fundamentally sound playmakers, respectful of their coach and fun to watch. Does the movie, "Remember The Titans," come to mind?

If ASU won't sign Frank Kush, then get a Kush-trained player who successfully coached or played in the NFL. My suggestion is Richard Mann or Danny White. Hopefully the new coach brings back the tough Tontazona Camps to instill team spirit, true learning, and tough conditioning. It will also bring the alumni back to attend the games. Why go elsewhere and reinvent the wheel when we had a perfect formula that worked efficiently more than 35 years ago? Truth is performance.

Dr. Jeff Eger


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