American is celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, so it's possible you are wondering why I am leading today's column with football. Here’s what the teams who competed yesterday and Dr. King have in common: they illustrate the cultural leverage of excellence.
Now behind exalted as the best coach of all time, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron recalled the day he failed to get a permanent job with the University of Southern California football team in 2013. He told his wife, Kelly, “Besides the day I buried my father, this is the worst day of my life.” She replied, “No, it’s not,” and explained that “God had a better plan.” Orgeron said, “Whew! It better be good.” It's safe to say, he had no idea what God had in store for him.