I was part of the last class ever recruited by Bump Elliott, and the transition from Bump Elliott to Bo Schembechler was hellacious. You're recruited by this father figure in Bump, who's a gentleman and just a great guy. He represented the University of Michigan as well as any person ever has. Bump went into administration after the 1968 season, and Michigan hired this guy whose last name you couldn't even pronounce. I remember when they first hired Bo, all the sportscasters in the area where butchering his name pretty badly.
Bo came in a immediately established his program. He told us. "We know how to win. We're from Miami of Ohio. We come from a winning school that has produced many top college coaches who know what they're doing, so you guys need to have confidence." Then the papers started running articles about the "cradle of coaches" and all the great coaches from there.
We started a conditioning program that was like boot camp. There were a lot of guys who didn't believe in what he was pitching. We went through winter conditioning, we went through spring football. In the first spring he was there, all the kids went home after the spring term was over - except us. We stayed another week and one-half and played football because Bo hadn't gotten his 20 days of spring practice in yet.
When we came back in August, there was a joke - that there was this traffic jam down state and I-94 because everyone was leaving the team. I bet we lost 35 players from the time he came in and started winter conditioning through the first couple of sessions. There were senior, juniors, and some sophomores that left: these were all guys that Bump recruited.
It was in double sessions the second week that Jim Young came up with the saying "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions." He posted that around the locker room to say that if your do what we ask you to do, and do what you believe in, it will pay off.
Now, go back and replace Bump with Lloyd, Miami with West Virgina and Bo with Rich Rodriguez.