Leadership key to answering monster challenges

With their Football Monsters unleashed after 0-2 starts, Michigan's Lloyd Carr and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis know that leadership is the key to enduring the nightmare moments, writes Bill Curry.

Originally Published: September 14, 2007
By Bill Curry | ESPN.com

"We create these giant Football Monsters when we win. They are voracious and we have to feed them every year!" Barry Switzer's eyes glittered as he described his least-favorite conscience-driven cartoon character.

Staying up late to write about Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame melee reminds me of the level of fatigue most Football Monster coaches feel most of the time. The drain is indescribable and unforgettable. Coach Vince Lombardi was correct when he said "fatigue makes cowards ...

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