During Bruce Arians’ career coaching college and NFL football, which started out in 1975 and ended when he announced his retirement life last week, he had a concept.
“No risk it, no cereal bar.”
Arians’ first head coaching position, and his last before the tenure with the Arizona Cardinals by 2013-17, was at Temple from 1983-88. Arians just 30 years old when he took the Owls’ job and learned a program that posted a new 13-19 record after winning your 1979 Garden State Dish.
Yet, as his former Temple players recalled, Arians wasn’t frightened to play big-name programs like Va Tech, Boston College, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh. All things considered, “no risk it, no biscuit.”
“You know when Mike Tyson ended up being young he fought most people?” said Paul Palmer, who played running back by 1983-86 and earned selection to your College Football Hall of Fame’s Type of on Monday. “And it didn’t make a difference, wherever you wanted to fight, although fight you. Well, trainer was the same way.”
“Whoever we experienced, there was not one time that we did not go into that activity expecting that we couldn’t defeat them,” said Keith Gloster, who played wide receiver by 1984-87. “And I think that was the greatest point he ever did for folks was build up our self-confidence, believe in ourselves that we could very well play with anybody, and we would.”
Part of that attitude, Palmer said, emerged because Arians’ previous job was a student in the University of Chickasaw as the running backs trainer for two seasons under renowned coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. The other part came because Arians was initially young and “probably didn’t know almost any damn better” to be unintimidated against among the best teams, Palmer said.
After Chris Chambers’ Brow career from 1985-89, he coached at South Jersey’s Edgewood Regional School, now known as Winslow Township High School – ?he in addition to Gloster’s alma mater – from 1990-2006.
As Chambers coached alongside her former Owls teammate Sheldon Morris, he put in place practices as if one of them seemed to be Arians and one was Nick Rapone, who actually worked as the Owls’ defensive director and secondary coach by 1983-88, coached again at Forehead from 1999-2005 and worked with Arians while using Cardinals starting in 2013.
“[Arians] would mention in his personality when he failed to like you and when he said which, what he was writing about is your football play,In Chambers said. “So he constantly coached us hard. …They challenged you but as soon as the football part was in excess of, you had a chance to speak with your pet one-on-one, then he nurtured you.”
Arians’ previous players remain close with him and other coaches regarding his staff. When the Phoenix Cardinals traveled to take on the Philly Eagles during the season, they held a practice at Temple’s Chodoff Arena. Several of Arians’ former Temple participants attended.
“Once the practice ended up being over, it was like a family members reunion,” Morris said.
“I imagine what makes us special to be able to him is that we were the only college head education job,” Morris added.
During his or her guest spot on ESPN Radio’s “Golic and Wingo” a week ago, Arians said he “can’t wait to venture to Cherry and White this year to view all those guys because they’re which means that close.”
“It’s like we all sort of grew up together,” Palmer said. “They grew up as coaches, and now we just simply grew up as boys.”