Tom Osborne, who coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 seasons before serving three terms in Congress as a Republican, suggested that football coaches probably look at their own lives and careers as testaments to the conservative principle of self-reliance.
“There’s an awful lot of people who want to be in coaching for the number of jobs,” he said. “It’s highly competitive. And many of them have had to spend a fair amount of time as graduate assistants, interns—as much as four, five, six, seven, eight years—making very, very little money to get into the profession. And they will work 70, 80, 90 hours a week during the season.
“I think that background—adherence to discipline, sometimes sacrifice, loyalty to core values—those things tend to have people move in that direction.”
Best part of the article, however:
Ralph Friedgen, the portly University of Maryland coach, good-naturedly called one of his Canadian players a socialist last fall.