Nothing could be more true. The teams the seem to grind it out, the teams the have that toughest about them -- can all be traced back to a coach who leads by example. Coach always talks about John Wooden and how he swept the floor before every practice. I'm sure Coach Wooden did it simply because he wanted the floor swept but you can imagine the message it sent to the players who observed him doing it.
Coach Meyer had another phrase for this: "suck scum." To move up the ladder in this profession you must be ready and able to do anything that the program needs done. During my run as an assistant coach I have swept floors, cleaned backboards, washed practice gear, placed fliers on the seats of a men's basketball game to attract fans to a women's basketball game and the list goes on. If your attitude is in the right place you know that you will simply do anything to help advance your program. It's about the TEAM!