Charlie Frye said the chip on his shoulder is a big part of who he is.
The origin of this chip? The local sports coverage, it would seem.
Here is what he said in Len Pasquarelli's story a few days ago:
"At Akron, we could upset some bigger team, and I knew that when I opened the Sunday newspaper, it was going to be Ohio State on the front, no matter what they had done, and we'd be buried on some inside page. So, definitely, you develop a little bit of a chip on your shoulder. And to tell you the truth, I always want that chip to be there, just as long as it doesn't get too big. That's a motivator for me. It's part of who I am."
This confirms what I had suspected. The Zips, like many teams, use the media for motivation. Although the Buchtelite covers the Zips exclusively, a player told me that at least one of my less flattering columns has turned into bulletin-board material.