The legend of Coach O grows by the day. Today, ESPN cashed in on that legend by running a story about his the greatest tales from those who know Coach O best.
The entire story is a great read, but the best part, in my opinion, came from one of Coach O's former equipment manager at Syracuse:
SOURCE-One year, Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni decided he wanted to start two-a-day workouts earlier, so he scheduled practice for 5:45 a.m. That meant the equipment staff had to arrive at 4 a.m. Sure enough, Orgeron was right there with them.
Orgeron was always the first guy in, full of energy, and he'd work out on the field just before practice -- sit-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, squat thrusts. One day, one of Fetterly's assistants stopped him.
"Coach, you're in good shape. Why do you do all this?" he asked.
Orgeron looked stunned. To take a day off would mean falling behind, and that's not something Orgeron would ever do.
"Son," he said, "the day I can't whoop a man's ass is the day I don't get out of bed."
I have two thoughts on this. One, Coach O is the only good thing to come out of Syracuse. Two, time for a Coach O life help book. Imagine how fast that would sell out? His tips on how to succeed in life? I'd pay 3 figures for it. Maybe four!