Talking about awkward…
Tim Adams of Bearcat Lair asked Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones to comment on the chest bumps that Cincinnati coaches and players partake in, even when the team is trailing by two or three touchdowns. (Apparently, the chest bumps are quite annoying to the Bearcat fans.)
Jones responded, “First of all, I’m a very passionate individual and so are our coaches. I think it’s very important to bring a high energy level to the field. Also, college football is a grind, and with eighteen, nineteen and twenty-year-old individuals, I think you still have to make it fun.”
“The Wall Street Journal did a study on ‘high fives’ and chest bumps as did the University of Cal-Berkley. The teams that do those types of things are usually successful and have great team chemistry. You win with team chemistry. We’ve done this before, and we know what it takes. It’s an infectious attitude, a mentality, a passion for what you’re doing. When you’re 4-8, everyone is looking at someone or something to blame, but that’s the way we’re going to do things. The program will be centered on passion and energy.”
Research indicates that winning teams touch more, evident by these stats about the Dallas Mavericks.
Cal-Berkeley scientist Michael Krause found, “With few exceptions, good teams tended to be touchier than bad ones. The most touch bonded teams were the Boston Celtics and the LA Lakers … and at the bottom were the mediocre Sacramento Kings and the Charlotte Bobcats. The same was true, more or less, for players. The touchiest player was Kevin Garnett, followed by Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer.”
Butch Jones added, “When you have a passion, a commitment and an energy level to be the best, it leads itself to have the work ethic, discipline, willingness to sacrifice and the overall effort that goes into being successful. Because of this, an individual and team will be able to persevere through any obstacle or situation that presents itself not only through the course of a game but throughout the course of a long season as well.”
Cincinnati opens the season against Austin Peay. The next three games are at Tennessee, Akron, and NC State. The NC State game is the ESPN Thursday night primetime game.
Keep an eye on the chest bumps and high fives.