Freshmen used to report a day or two earlier than the rest of the squad to have a little mini-camp to get used to the pace of practice and the daily schedule and get some hands on time with the coaches before the real team came and the focus turned towards them.
At our first team meeting as college athletes, Lloyd Carr read Kipling to us, told us a parable about the creation of pearls, and used excerpts from Churchill's The Great War to explain Michigan football.
Then the assistant coaches came in and we talked about, you know, the sport. Coach Carr is a great, great guy and its a shame that fans don't get to see that kind of stuff. To me, that's what makes a head coach, not X's and O's.