Collins’ point, Stansbury said, was that “the best players take care of their business the same way, regardless of whether it’s tossing a cup on the sideline when you’re the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys or whether it’s executing a play. It’s really, really impressive how he uses every opportunity to teach.”
It was an appeal to personal responsibility. A favorite saying of Collins’ is “How you do anything is how you do everything.”
Building culture has been a point of emphasis for Collins, and is also a high priority for Stansbury, as well. Their connection on the importance of culture and branding was one reason that Stansbury was compelled to hire him.
As part of recruiting and retention, “you have to establish a strong culture that attracts elite players to your program and it retains the elite players that you have,” Collins said at his introductory news conference in December. “And it has to be such a bond that the guys want to be a part of it and just gravitate to it.”
Cleaning up after oneself is hardly a lesson Tech players hadn’t heard previously. Former coach Paul Johnson preached accountability and the importance of doing the little things.
Regardless, a refresher was needed, evidently.
After practice Thursday morning, the corner of the indoor facility where players take off their tape was tidy, with all of the tape in the garbage cans.
The corner of Georgia Tech's indoor practice facility where players discard the athletic tape used in the day's practice, on April 25, 2019.