News, Notes & Quotes - May 26

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Friday May 26, 2017

- In his commencement speech at Harvard, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said there are three ways to create a world where everyone feels purpose:

- Take on big, meaningful projects

- Redefine equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose

- Build community

“Ideas don't come out fully formed,” Zuckerberg said. “They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started. If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook.

“Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven't had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. … It's good to be idealistic. But be prepared to be misunderstood. Anyone working on a big vision will get called crazy, even if you end up right. … In our society, we often don't do big things because we're so afraid of making mistakes that we ignore all the things wrong today if we do nothing. The reality is, anything we do will have issues in the future. But that can't keep us from starting.”

- The new Atlanta Hawks general manager used to be called “the ‘no’ guy” as a Golden State Warriors assistant GM.

Warriors GM Bob Myers always liked that Travis Schlenk wouldn’t sugarcoat things.

“I would say there’s no gray with Travis. You ask him a question, he’ll give you an answer,” Myers told the San Jose Mercury News in 2015. “… Great conviction. Doesn’t talk around issues. Goes right directly at them.”

Schlenk said then, “I’ve got the reputation I guess as a bit as the ‘no’ guy, the bad news guy. I guess I’m not scared to be that person.”

- Pete Carroll absolute positivity and Richard Sherman’s frustration have clashed over the years, and has a detailed look.

Sherman is still upset about the decision to pass the ball at the goal line and lose the Super Bowl against the Patriots. The entire story is worth your time, but this passage from author Seth Wickersham stuck out.

“When in doubt — when doubted — Carroll always has plugged into an extremely positive mindset that borders on New Agey,” Wickersham wrote. “One of his rules for answering questions in interviews is 'no negatives,' something he learned from the late Jim Valvano. The mentality has helped Carroll survive while coaching 42 of the past 43 years. It helped him keep faith after being fired twice in the NFL. It helped him process the 2006 Rose Bowl loss to the University of Texas that denied him a third straight national title at USC.

“And it helped with the Butler interception. 'The instant that play occurred, I knew what I was dealing with,' Carroll says. 'I had to get back to business as soon as possible.'"

- Gus Malzahn says he and Chip Lindsey will meet in the middle when it comes to the Auburn offense.

Malzahn has handed the keys to Lindsey, but it’ll still have some Malzahn feel.

“He wants to throw it first. I want to run it first. We’re going to meet halfway,” Malzahn said on WJOX. “In the spring, we were about 50-50. We’re going to throw it more on first down. He’s done a great job with our quarterbacks. I’ve got a lot of trust in Chip. He was with me in 2013 off the field as my right-hand man. We go way back, so I’m excited for it.”

- When Dak Prescott got his chance with the Cowboys, Dan Mullen told him he might not get another.

It was part of the message Mullen tells all players: to be ready for opportunity.

“I’m not surprised (he succeeded). I’m surprised he played, because you’re expecting him to be the backup this year,” Mullen said on WJOX. “But you tell everybody, when you’re given an opportunity, you’d better be ready for it. He had it. I told him, ‘Whether or not you like it, you have the opportunity now. When you get to that level, you’re not going to get a second one.’”

- Here is Cal’s video hyping 100 days until kickoff. The entire thing is highlights in reverse.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to