Since Kevin Steele's reputation took such a hit after Clemson's Orange Bowl beat down, it's interesting to look back at the impression he left from his time at FSU. At least in the case of one guy who knew him well. Buster Davis is a former Nole who says he owes a lot to Steele -- including coaching tips. Davis just signed on as head coach at a new school in Jacksonville. In an interview featured on our sister site Garnet and Great, Davis told us:
"I was fortunate enough to have a coach like Kevin Steele to come and raise me, pretty much, those four years I was in school. He had a dramatic impact on my life, on and off the field. And that propelled me to be successful there and also in the NFL...I remember the first day I met him. I had a meeting with him, and I had missed a class. And he ran me for that, something that happened when he wasn't even there (yet). So he pretty much taught me how to be a professional in college…on the field, how to think like a pro, how to practice like a pro. Off the field, how to watch film...what to look for. Taking notes. And then also, in the classroom. Being on time. I think that had the biggest impact on us -- time management. I think a lot of guys in college forget about that. But it's a lesson that goes with you throughout life. Well, time management was an issue for me, so he ran me a couple of times. That's one of the things I learned from him that filters down to the guys I coach now."