The "Tulsa Versus Everybody" narrative continues with Golden Hurricane
Coaching is about more than just the personnel and knowing how to use them. A great coach is often a master of psychology; knowing what buttons to push and when to do it.
If perception is reality, then finding motivation doesn't appear difficult for University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane third year head football coach Philip Montgomery. The TU representatives who attend the American Athletic Conference Media Day every year feel a certain disrespect from the rest of the league.
In fact, American Athletic Conference Commissioner Michael Aresco failed to mention Tulsa's historic offensive season while praising several other football programs for their 2016 success.
Remember: The 2016 Golden Hurricane became the first FBS program to have a 3,000 yard passer, two 1,000 yard receivers, and two 1,000 yard rushers IN THE SAME SEASON. That collective success was good enough to earn an immediate display case in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Whether or not Aresco intended to overlook the Golden Hurricane's 2016 success doesn't matter at this point. It just continues to fuels a narrative which Tulsa has thrived. The team unofficially calls it, "Tulsa Versus Everybody."
"Coach Montgomery came in and it's just been a huge change in the morale of the team," said Tulsa senior running back D'Angelo Brewer. "And we're playing for something every year. Every year. We're playing every game for respect. And we're playing to win."
In order for Tulsa's success to continue, "We've got to continue to keep grinding the way we've been grinding," explained Montgomery. "And we've got to approach each and every week like it's a new season."
Couple that with the fact the American Athletic Conference media projected the Golden Hurricane to finish fourth in the west division, it could be all the fuel this program needs to prove doubters wrong for a third straight year.