I like Tom Brands but I’ve been accused of being hard on him. I found this to be an interesting interview.
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SIOUX CITY | It was three days after his 1940 graduation from the University of Missouri that a young man from Arkansas went to work as a management trainee for JCPenney in Des Moines.
No one could have known that Sam Walton would be worth over $20-billion when he shuffled off this mortal coil some 52 years later.
However, the founder of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club did more than just make a lot of money. He also left us with a morsel of wisdom that mirrors one of my stronger beliefs.
“High expectations are the key to everything,’’ Walton once opined, feeding the curiosity of millions anxious to learn his secret to success.
Sounds easy enough, to be sure. What doesn’t sound so easy are the almost unfathomable expectations the great Dan Gable passed down to Tom Brands and his twin brother, Terry, the Olympians from Sheldon who continue to set the bar higher than high as the caretakers to Gable’s kingdom.
There is probably no one better on the planet to run this University of Iowa wrestling program than two of Gable’s finest disciples. And, that still holds true after a runner-up finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships meant the Hawkeyes have now gone five years since a three-year title run sent their all-time haul to 23 — all since 1975.