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Default College teammate lauds O'Brien's determination

College teammate lauds O'Brien's determination

By John Harris

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But if there's anyone you'd want in that foxhole, or better yet leading you out of the foxhole to do just that, it's Bill O'Brien.

During his senior year (1992), we traveled down to William & Mary and got hammered by the Tribe 51-7. Quite frankly, we weren't good. That was game three of the season, and we would finish that year 0-10. It was the only game for which we took a plane.

We thought Coach K (Brown coach Mickey Kwiathowski) was throwing us a bone by allowing us to get back to do what every college student does on a Saturday night - go out on the town. In East Providence, R.I., that meant heading to someone's apartment or to Oliver's, a local bar. It's not like living near Washington Avenue or in Midtown in Houston. Trust me on that.

Regardless, that Saturday we went to a friend's apartment. I was late arriving because, well, I'm from Houston. I had to get my boots and jeans on.

As soon as I walked in, I heard this booming voice saying, "Johnny."

I turned around, and of course it was Bill. Before I could get one word out of my mouth, he let loose.

"Johnny, I'm telling you we're going to be OK," he said. "Don't get down about that game today. We're going to kick some tail the rest of the year. OK?"

I believed him. So when he tells you the Texans are going to be OK, you're going to believe him, too. Trust me, the Texans are a wee bit better than we were in 1992.

I've heard so many analysts, fans and/or talking heads wonder aloud what is it about a man who was only 15-9 in his only two years as a head coach that makes him the right fit for the Texans. I flash back to all those hours spent in the weight room, the locker room and the library, and a million thoughts come racing to mind.

So I don't spend all night in a Twitter fight or talk for an hour on the topic. All I've said about Bill is, "You'll see."

He's not going to shower you with smiles and fist pumps and news conference quotes. That's not what a tough-minded Irish Catholic Bostonian does. But throw on the lights at Reliant Stadium, and you'll see, too.

That's my guy. He'll be your guy, too...
Small world. TheSidelineView's John Harris was college teammates with OB.
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