For years, the Ringling Bros. Circus has made the Convocation Center one of its' stops and I guess the kid in me comes out, even to this day, when it comes to town. It was nearly 17 years ago (shortly after I had been hired as Head Coach here at Arkansas State) that the Circus came to our arena and it was an elephant that made the biggest impression on me. Not because of the show, or his talent, or the tricks he'd perform...it was for another reason. The elephant made a HUGE impression on me because he was not very smart.
So while the elephants will be retiring from the Ringling Bros. Circus after today's performance the impression that I received from that one elephant standing in the Convocation Center 17 years ago will not go away. I refuse to let the athletes in my program give in to perceived limitations. Because after all we're smarter than the elephants we don't have to just settle and give in to that "rope around our ankle".