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Cal Hits the Talk Show Circuit


This week Cal took to the road to promote his new book Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out, and he left no stone unturned in getting the word out. As he continues to promote his book and talk about his signature coaching style, we’ve collated some of his sound bites from those interviews below.

Morning Joe (MSNBC):
“It starts with recruiting. I tell [players] You’re not taking thirty shots if you come here, because you’re going to have other players who are just as good as you. The most anyone takes historically for my teams is thirteen, fourteen shots….I can’t promise you’re gonna start, how many minutes you’re going to get, all those things. But I’ve started something like thirty freshman in my time, or more now, and it all starts with recruiting.”

Squawk Box (CNBC):
“People ask me ‘how do you do this? How do you get a new group of freshman year after year, how do you teach this?’ And the thing is, teaching them the grind. How hard it is. Teaching them about servant leadership, which is hard when every player on the team was the star. They never thought about everybody else — now I’m asking ‘please think more about everybody else.'”
The O’Reilly Factor (FOX News):
“That’s what this book is about. They know that iIm about them and the decisions i make are in their interest, not my own, which is why I have a lot of kids leaving. I’m not influencing them to stay…that’s a big part of this. Do they trust you enough? Do they look at you and say he is going to do right by me? I have got to let them make their decisions.”
The Dr. Oz Show:
“This book is all about…look, here’s what it’s about. If I eat, you know, a jellybean, or swallow a piece of gum, it might get hung up in my intestines or my colon for three, four days. I’m holding it back. I’m not letting it go forward. But if I’m constantly eating things like cabbage, lettuce — those things are going to ultimately leave and it’s going to be better for everybody, you know, a positive outcome. You can’t be the colon that’s holding things back. You put good into your program, you get good out. Sometimes it happens faster than others.”
The View (ABC):
“What this book is about it, well, look. It’s about servant leadership. It’s leadership from the inside. If my wife Ellen is used to doing everything around the house herself, that’s no good for her. She’s got me, you know, a teammate. And I’ve gotta be like ‘Look, these shoes need to get out of the hall before someone trips over them.’ So what do I do? I move the shoes. In the same vein Ellen and I also have to work as a team, we also have to trust each other. We work hard together and then, you know, we go to the Olive Garden, then, you know, maybe Orange Leaf.  It’s the reward that comes with being part of that team.”
Watch What Happens Live (Bravo):
“Listen, what this book is about…it’s about…look, it’s like, you can’t have Brandi and Joyce having a fight right in the middle of SUR, you know? It just doesn’t work. Joyce thinks Brandi’s tacky. Brandi thinks Joyce is using Michael. It’s whatever. At the end of the day, they’ve both got to be able to share the catwalk if Kyle’s fashion show is going to go well, you know? Those are the sacrifices you make. And what you need is a Yolanda, who’s just going to take the initiative and stand up and drag Brandi away from the table. But you also need a Lisa, and a Ken, who’ll help defend Brandi. That’s how it has to be. Not just one person has to step up, everyone does. That’s how a team works.”
Fresh Air (NPR):
“What this book is really about is servant leadership. It’s about leading from the inside. Look, Terry, did you see David Maisel’s ‘History’s Shadow’ show at the Yancey Richardson Gallery? That’s like, you know, what Maisel does is that he focuses on X-rays as a point of aesthetic beauty, the point at where the visual and the science of the subject intersect to explore the dual processes of memory and excavation. And you know, it’s like when you look at a team like ours — that X-ray has to show a strength from the inside, you know? That natural beauty has to first exist at an internal level. Otherwise, as a team, it’s not art, is it? I don’t know what it is but it’s not art.”
X-Play (G4):
“Look, it’s like the game Titanfall. It’s just not going to work when one guy’s got a Hammond P2011 and the guy next to him has a Plasma Railgun. You have to get on those headsets and communicate with one another. That’s the only way you sweep Angel City. And it’s the only way you win a National Championship.”
The Maury Show:
“Listen. After this break, Maury, you’re going to open that envelope. And look — it doesn’t matter if the father of Rhonda’s baby is Taz, Rick or Shondell. What matters is that these four people come together to help this child be the best it can be. Two of these guys are going to have to step up and say ‘what can I do,’ you know? That’s how a team succeeds. But it probably won’t be Dan. Dan is a straight-up buster.”

Article written by C.M. Tomlin

All I want is a HI-C and a turkey sandwich. @CM_Tomlin

25 Comments for Cal Hits the Talk Show Circuit

  1. Ricky Martin
    2:17 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    10/10 LOL

  2. Yeah I Know
    2:26 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Someone here at my office thought these were actual quotes from Cal. I guess you did an excellent job C.M.

  3. Bravo
    2:27 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    This made my day… Bravo, CM!

  4. sylvar
    2:38 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    LOL.. I didn’t look up to see this was a Tomlin post until I got to the Titan fall quote. Great job CM!

    • Adam
      3:08 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

      Especially since XPlay doesn’t exist anymore.

  5. JLP
    2:43 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    It’s Tomlin, it’s satire.

  6. Reddington
    2:54 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Picturing Cal on X-Play genuinely made me lol. Thanks.

  7. macon_volfan
    2:54 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    I loved every second I spent reading this……

  8. Bob
    3:04 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    I owe you an apology. When I saw the headline and skimmed over the first couple of entries, I was rolling my eyes and thinking, “Not ANOTHER rehash, please!!” Then I noticed a couple of new shows in the lineup and kept reading. Man, I’m glad I did. Hilarious. Thanks.

  9. chuck
    3:06 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Pure Genuis!

  10. Gone
    3:07 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Young to nba.

  11. Chris K
    3:10 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    You had me until Maury

  12. Polsonfor3minutes
    3:13 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Kudos, well done as always C.M.

  13. Johnny
    3:20 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is……well, this is just great.

  14. CatInAshland
    3:21 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    That is golden. Just golden.

  15. Nick Jr.
    3:31 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is some funny stuff.

    I want to know why hasn’t Cal been on Yo Gabba Gabba? He’d be a delight!

  16. jpg
    3:41 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    A lengthy slow clap for you, sir!!!!! Love all of it.

  17. talkin bout practice
    3:45 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    “Taz.” Lol.

  18. Mike
    3:55 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    I love Cal, but he needs to get the hip replaced so he can get back on the treadmill. He’s looking a little fat. Too many of grandma recruit cookies?

  19. You suck
    4:26 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Damn you KSR. I actually read about half of those before I caught on.

    Useful, useful shot that.

  20. Sir Brandon
    5:07 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Tomlin bringeth it!

  21. Hartline
    6:52 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    Too bad about G4

  22. Catmandu
    7:02 pm April 17, 2014 Permalink

    More Tomlin please.

  23. Johnny
    12:14 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Well done.

  24. Buckets
    3:00 am April 18, 2014 Permalink

    Dammit I miss X-Play.