“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.”
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team that takes the pitch against Belgium in the World Cup round of 16 today used a Centre College legend among many iconic sports figures as motivation during its training camp at Stanford University.
The team trained at Stanford for two weeks before playing a series of three international friendly matches leading up to the World Cup. During this time, the team’s locker room facility was adorned with motivational quotes from several prominent sports and historical figures, as well as fans. Among quotes from such names as Thomas Jefferson, Michael Jordan, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mia Hamm, was one from Homer Rice ’51, stating: “You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.”
The quote was prominently displayed during the third episode of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil (pictured above).
After graduating from Centre, Rice went on to a successful high school football coaching career before moving on to the collegiate level. He was an assistant at the universities of Kentucky and Oklahoma before serving as a head coach at University of Cincinnati, Rice University and with the Cincinnati Bengals. Rice also left a lasting mark in college athletic administration, where he served as the athletic director of the University of North Carolina for seven years and at Georgia Tech for 18 years.
The United States takes on Belgium at 4 p.m. today, and with a victory would advance to a quarterfinal match with either Argentina or Switzerland on Saturday at noon.
by Matt Montavon, Sports Information Director