There are few college athletes who show more ease and natural conversational ability better than Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin. He wasn't always a polished interview subject, but his former high
school coach at Copperas Cove Jim Welch says he showed the gift for gab early.
"He listened like a sponge," said Welch, who has coached at Copperas Cove the last 18 years.
Jack's brother Tracy Welch was the quarterbacks coach when Griffin was playing for the Bulldawgs. Jack's son Josh is now the Dawgs' quarterback coach and Tracy Welch is the offensive coordinator.
"Tracy taught him how to speak to the media, shake hands, lead the team and Robert listened," Jack Welch said. "He handled interviews extremely well, he talks to people well. That didn’t come by accident. You have to teach that and he did a good job. I watch him now on TV and he’ll say things and it’s exactly what Tracy taught him – talk about your lineman, talk about other people. If you lose, it’s on you;
I should have led better or done this or that better.”
Griffin and Baylor host TCU at 7 p.m. Friday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco. The Horned Frogs beat the Bears 45-10 last season in Fort Worth.