WVU’s Scott Answers Early Bell To Get Things Done
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom.” — Aristotle
Chad Scott, West Virginia’s new running backs coach/co-offensive coordinator, reached into his pocket and pulled out his smart phone, calling up his schedule to show to an inquiring mind.
“Here, see,” he said. “I get up every morning between 3:15 and 3:30 in the morning. I try to get into this facility, depending what’s going on — like today we had workouts at 6, so everyone starts coming in at 5. I try to get here at 4 so I can have an hour to myself.”
Now I’m certain that Chad Scott is not used to being compared to Aristotle, but as they say, great minds think alike, especially if they follow the advice of other great minds.
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” — Benjamin Franklin
Now no one has ever told Scott to go fly a kite in the midst of a thunder and lightning storm, but he was hit by bolt of lightning that put the idea of early rising into his head and he believes in it fully.
“I like to get at least two things done before anyone gets in here,” he admits.
His day begins early. He showers, drives to the office – “I sleep and drive on my way there,” he said. “I like the lights to catch me a little bit (so he can catnap on red) but they usually stay green”– then he sets the tone for the day.
“On a normal day, when everyone comes in about 7:30, I’ll get here at 4 a.m.,” he explains. “I’ll spend an hour or two in the office, I’ll get a workout in. That gives me energy.”
But first he sends out “an inspirational message” to his players on social media.
“That helps me out,” he said. “I’m an intense about everything I do. I’m intense about my inspirational message.”
And what might the message be?
“I’m positive. I see someone and say, ‘How you doing?’ and they say, ‘Pretty good’ and I say, ‘Why not great?’ That’s my whole motto, attack every day like it’s a great day,” he said, and it’s what he tries to get across to his running backs every day.
Here are some samples of his inspirational quotes. Take note of those he quotes:
“Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them and your foes won’t believe them.” — John Wooden
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” — Mae West
“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” — Mia Hamm
Scott admits he’s a creature of habit, that he writes everything down on his schedule.
“It’s like reading a book and you get done and you start thinking, ‘What did I just read?’” he said. “Sometimes my work day is like that.”
“The sun has not caught me in bed in 50 years.” — Thomas Jefferson
Scott was born in Plant City, Florida, outside Tampa, and went to the University of Kentucky, where he was a teammate of Neal Brown. When there was a coaching change at UK, Brown transferred to UMass and Scott to North Carolina, where he lettered in 2004 and 2005.
He was a pretty good running back for the Tar Heels, as a highlight tape shows on YouTube.
He made an immediate impression in his first career start, rushing for a career high 175 yards on 25 carries against No. 4 Miami and finished being named to ESPN.com’s All-ACC team with 796 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.
Scott tried the NFL, spending time with Cleveland and Pittsburgh (but no, he is not the Chad Scott who spent many years as a Steelers cornerback) before he and Brown joined forces as assistant coaches at Troy in 2006.
When Brown left for Texas Tech, he took Scott with him, where they had a successful collaboration, so much so that when Brown went to Kentucky, Scott went with him.
When Brown took over at Troy as head coach, Scott returned to his alma mater at North Carolina, where he helped regenerate that offense before jumping again to Louisville, a job that lasted no more than one of his short night’s sleeps.
Out of nowhere, Neal Brown took the West Virginia head coaching job and grabbed Scott away from the Cardinals before he had coached practice.
So the two are reunited, Brown going back to Scott for one very good reason … he knows you have to get up pretty early in the morning to outcoach him.