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A Look Inside Coaches Office: Troy Morrell

by: AFM Editorial Staff
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AFM: What was it like the first time you stepped into your office knowing that youíre in charge of Auburn football?

TT: When I first stepped into the office I was amazed at how large it was... itís probably bigger than all the offices Iíve had as an assistant coach combined. It was built by Coach (Pat) Dye and the complex itself houses everything. With all the windows, Iím able to see the indoor practice facility we have as well as other facilities. Thereís a part of the office that serves as a reception area for recruits Ė a round table Ė as well as a book case for momentos and a work station where I can be on the computer or watch tape.

AFM: Tell us how the office is used? Do you have staff meetings, reception visits, normal administrative phone and computer work?

TT: We donít have staff meetings there Ė we use a conference room for team and position meetings. Itís used for guests-parents of our players and other coaches that visit. I also use it for answering e-mails in which I have a printer and access to the internet. Also, the television is used thatís in the cabinet often for both screening recruit tapes as well as opponent game tape.

AFM: Have you had any interesting or unusual visitors over the years?

TT: Once in awhile weíll have some interesting people stop by... the singer Lionel Richie comes by Ė he lives in a town nearby. Also, Evander Holyfield has stopped by the office Ė one of his sonís is on the team... another team member is the grandson of the CEO of Chick Fillet.... and both Nancy Lopez and Ray Knight visit every once in a while Ė their daughter is a student here.

AFM: Whatís the media scrutiny been like at a major SEC institution?
TT: Itís been all media, all the time... I have my media briefing and press conference every Tuesday at 11:30 am but also talk to a group Ė usually between 15-30 members of the press, radio, and television-after every practice.

AFM: What coaches that have influenced your career have visited with you in your office?

TT: Probably one of the most influential is Larry Lacewell Ė the Player Personnel Director of the Cowboys. He usually comes by at least once a year and was very instrumental in my career as a coach. Also, Iíve coached for both Jimmy Johnson at Miami and R.C. Slocum at Texas A & M, and they have stopped by.

AFM: What are some of your personal memorabilia...the treasured items in your office?

TT: I have a number of coaching staff pictures with the assistants through the years Iíve worked with... I also have photos of some of the players over the years Iíve recruited like Ray Lewis when he was at Miami... itís as an assistant that you have more time to build relationships both with fellow coaches and players. As a head coach your time is very limited.

I also have pictures of my wife and children as well as four front pages of the newspaper the day after we beat Alabama... there are also some photos of golf events Iíve taken part in for alumni and charitable events... I love golf and am glad Steve Spurrier is back in the league so I can take him to the woodshed.

AFM: If you were allowed to take one item from your office, what would it be?
TT: It would be the picture of my wife Suzanne and our children Thomas Tucker and Troy Allen.

AFM: If you could invite three coaches into your office for a meeting Ė living or dead Ė who would they be?

TT: Probably three of the most influential people in my life: former coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys, Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson, and legendary Arkansas coach (and now athletic director) Frank Broyles.

AFM: If you could go back and be a GA and learn from one coach, who would it be?
TT: Joe Paterno of Penn State... I admire and respect him for all that he has done for college football... I have a picture with him at the Citrus Bowl when we played Penn State.

AFM: What thoughts or advice would you give to the person that will eventually replace you?

TT: I think itís to stay with your philosophy... believe in something and stay with it and believe in your decisions. I have a saying on the wall that Jimmy Johnson said to me many years ago: ĎPress on... perseverance is the number one ingredient if youíre going to survive in this business... everyone gets hired and fired.í


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