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Why football coaches favor GOP

Barack Obama far outraised John McCain among individual donors last year. Yet college football and NFL head coaches (and their wives) favored McCain and the GOP in their giving far more than Obama and the Democrats. "Could it be that football coaches, just by the nature of the job, are more comfortable on the right end of the political spectrum?" asked the Wall Street Journal's Steve Kornacki. Former University of Nebraska coach and former GOP congressman Tom Osborne (in photo) drew a link between conservative principles and what it takes to rise to become a head football coach. "I think that background — adherence to discipline, sometimes sacrifice, loyalty to core values — those things tend to have people move in that direction," Osborne said. He also joked, "I'm sure many who are more liberal would say it's because they got hit in the head too much."

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