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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Piecing together the perfect coach

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Both Big 12 coaching vacancies have been filled. Charlie Weis replaced Turner Gill at Kansas and Kevin Sumlin replaced Mike Sherman at Texas A&M.

There's still a few coaching openings, though, and colleague Gene Wojciechowski, in a cool column, pieces together the perfect coach made up of his favorite traits from coaches around the country.

A few Big 12 gems:
The perfect coach loves to win, but like Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, doesn't put winning above his values or sense of perspective.

And [has] the calm, reassuring presence of Kansas State's Bill Snyder.

The perfect coach has the ego of Kansas' Weis.

The perfect coach, such as Baylor's Art Briles, rebuilds patiently.

The perfect coach doesn't distance himself from a school's traditions, but instead, like Mack Brown did at Texas, gives them a huge bear hug.

The perfect coach knows you have to be willing to fail in order to succeed, which explains all those calculated risks Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville has taken with the game on the line.

The perfect coach answers an honest question the same way Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy answered them this season: honestly, and from the heart.

The perfect coach can win on the road like Texas' Brown (of coaches with 35 or more road games, Brown has the best winning percentage and is 43-8).

The perfect coach remembers where he came from, like Iowa State's Paul Rhoads.

The perfect coach … doesn't exist. And never will.

What else does the perfect coach do?

The perfect coach earnestly cares about his players as men and people, not just as football players, like Gill did.

The perfect coach, like Sherman, never lets his team forget its potential, no matter what its record says.

The perfect coach isn't afraid to cry in front of anyone, like Rhoads.

The perfect coach mans up when he makes a mistake, no matter how embarassing, like Gary Pinkel.

The perfect coach "never misses an opportunity to promote his program," as Tuberville often says.

The perfect coach is subtly funny and keeps everyone but his team guessing about his intentions, like Snyder.

What else does a perfect coach do?