Frank Medina

9/11/2012

Tom Stolhandske, defensive end, 1950-1952:  "Frank Medina--the Little Indian--was our trainer. You didn't want to go see him....if you got under his control for some kind of treatment, it was absolute horror. I'd walk into the training room and see somebody in the steam bath--locked in, pounding on the door, trying to get out. If Frank put you in there for x minutes, you were going to stay in there for that amount of time, whether or not you passed out. He'd get you in the stadium and make you run to the top, some 70 or 80 rows, back and forth, back and forth...he'd give you a dummy to carry. I injured my ankle against Oklahoma.... We got back to Austin and he said, 'Come get some treatment.' I said, 'Frank, I didn't hurt my ankle, I just thought I did. Tape it up.'  He wasn't about to get me in that training room...."

Jack Collins, halfback, 1959-1961:  "One week--the week of the OU game--I cut a class. And I remember having to run stadium steps with Frank Medina at 6:00 in the morning. I mean, I don't care if you were a starter or what. You didn't get by with that....I remember him taking some guys up to Round Rock and just letting them out of the car. They probably hitched a ride, but he wanted them to walk back to Austin to lose weight."

Jerry Sisemore, offensive tackle, 1970-1972:  "'What are you saving it for, son? What are you saving it for?' We'd run the stadium steps and had to do it 10 times. It's only 75 steps to the top of the stadium, and at first we thought, 'It's probably a nice view up there.' By the time we got to the eighth time, we were crying. We'd jump rope and punch the bag. This was off-season with Frank. After the workout, everyone else would go to dinner, and he'd get the fat boys in there with weight vests on. They'd do sit-ups with dumbbells and he'd count to 500. 'What are you saving it for, son? What are you saving it for?' It was a gut-check. My senior year against Baylor in Waco, I sprained my ankle--just ripped it right before halftime. Frank used about 6 rolls of tape on it. We were in the 3rd quarter when he finished taping it. 'Okay I've wasted enough tape. What are you saving it for? I'm going to lock this door, Sisemore. Are you going to sit here locked in, or are you coming with me? But if you go out there, you're playing.' He was that kind of guy. He could push you further than you wanted to go. I didn't want to go back in, but I had no choice; I wasn't getting locked in there. I knew he was just trying to push me. So I finally said, 'Okay, push me. I'm in.'
Guys loved him; you knew where his heart was. 

Roosevelt Leaks, fullback, 1972-1974: "Frank got us in shape. He did do that. When you talk about doing whatever it takes to get it done--not just in football--Frank had a lot to do with that. When times get hard today, most of us keep going, and that attitude is because of Frank. You learned little things that didn't make a big impression then, but today you're still doing those things and you wonder why. It's because we were taught how to get things done."

Keith Moreland, defensive back, 1973: "When you're in two-a-days and the AstroTurf gets to 115-120 degrees, you really get to know the courage that human beings have; to be able to put up with all that and go through what you have to go through. In those days, Frank Medina gave no water breaks. The only thing you had was a frozen sliced orange. Boy, that orange looked pretty good most days."

Earl Campbell, fullback, 1974-1977:  I said [to Frank]:  'I want to win that award [Heisman Trophy] next year.' He said, 'If you want to win that award, come here every day after you get off that job.'
That's how I won the Heisman, because of Frank Medina. He had more to do with it than anybody."

Glenn Blackwood, defensive back, 1976-1978:  "You know what he was like? Darrell Royal was Obi-Wan Kenobi and Frank Medina was Yoda. This little guy was a piece of work. 'Mr. Man. Come on, Mr. Man.' He couldn't remember our names, so he just called us all 'Mr. Man.' One time he had us run the religious relays. 'I want the Baptists over here, the Methodists here....' I've never seen anything like him."

Darrell Royal, coach, 1957 - 1976:  "'Frank treated all the boys the same,' DKR said with a grin. 'He treated 'em all bad.'"