Brian Hamilton | November 22, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
His players say he dines with them. His players say his door is open. His players say they can communicate with him, that he understands them better. He is the same coach who insists the playbook occupy a specific spot in each locker. Maybe he's nicer because he's nicer. Maybe he's nicer because the Irish mess up less. But a No. 1 ranking seems to be proof positive works.
"He just seems more relaxed," linebacker Manti Te'o said. "He seems more comfortable. He doesn't have to test us anymore. He knows what we can do. He knows how we're going to play, and he knows we're going to give everything we have.