The Western Michigan Broncos marched out of Evanston, Illinois on Saturday with a 22-21 upset victory over the Northwestern Wildcats.
But if you ask Western coach P.J. Fleck, there are things more important than the outcome of the game.
“It’s not about the result here, which is so crazy in college football,” Fleck said live on 97.1 The Ticket on Monday. “I understand that as a head coach one day I’m going to get fired because 10 wins won’t be good enough. If I can get fired for 10 wins, then how important really is the result?
“It’s the process of teaching kids how to be winners before they’re winners and that’s what we want to be able to accomplish here,” Fleck continued.
Fleck also spoke about how the team adopted its “Row The Boat” mantra after the death of his son.
“It’s a never-give-up mantra. On February 9, 2011, I lost my second son to a heart condition and we have no bad days here,” Fleck said. “When you watch your son take his last breath and you’re holding him and you watch him close his eyes and you watch him stop breathing, you don’t have many bad days after that. That’s when Row the Boat was actually invented.”
Listen to Fleck’s entire interview with Dan Leach, Kyle Bogie and Mike Feld below:
Western will take on the North Carolina Central Eagles at home on Saturday.