Illinois coach Tim Beckman is the son of a former coach, Dave Beckman, who worked in high school, college and pro football. Dave Beckman was fired from one coaching job after a particularly tough stretch.
That whole season, Beckman said, was hard on his family. But he learned, primarily from his mom, Pat, about how and when to voice frustrations, if at all.
“The way we experienced it as a family was the proper way to do it,” he said. “That was a tough situation as a child, as a son. My mother was around us a lot and she helped us through it as a family.”
Like Ferentz, Beckman said a coach’s wife is the most likely person to hear about the frustrations of the job.
“You don’t want to take your job home, (but) I guess your wife’s the one that hears a lot about it,” he said.
Urban Meyer has held two of the more closely scrutinized head coaching jobs in college football, at Florida and now at Ohio State. In 2010, he ripped a reporter during a Florida practice, drawing national headlines. The incident was videotaped, photographed and witnessed by a group of reporters and others.
For he and other coaches in such high-profile jobs, there is little if any real safe, private space, Meyer said. “I don’t believe there is any more, not in the positions we’re in. That’s just the way it is.”
Follow David Mercer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/davidmercerap