Friday, December 10, 2010

Words to the Wise

I come and go on Gene Wojciechowski.  Sometimes he is pretty good.  By "good" I mean measured and thoughtful.  Sometime he isn't. By "isn't" I mean he is petty and wrong. 

This one, basically a transcript from an anonymous head college football coach's conversation with him, is among his best.   It provides an awesome (albeit, not very in-depth) insight into the pressures a head football coach faces. 

The un-named coach faces the pressures from alumni, because of the money they are paid, from runners and agents and from things way outside their control like their player's actions.  The coach specifically mentions the 2-3 guys a month getting arrested. 

Yes, I know you are shocked, but Athens isn't the only place where football players get arrested (and by my count 24-36/year is normal for the coach being interviewed).  Athens is just the only place where the media and police find near orgasmic delight in publicizing said arrests.  Oh, we fans are complicit, too, with our hypocritical 'you represent the University and aught to know better' tripe, all the while getting pissed off that we can't litter and get knee walking drunk on North Campus any more and outraged when we get busted for driving 85mph on Hwy 316. 

The coach also hits on something that I would think is the most frustrating thing about being a head coach, the meddling of University Presidents, top boosters and ADs in the program.  I fully understand the reasons why those three would necessarily have input, but it would strike me as a difficult thing to put up with.  As the coach put it:
"I'm not saying this happens at all schools, but some coaches have to deal with people who really don't have a clue."
Now, I am not speaking directly about anyone here, but tell me the coach is wrong for having that attitude.  An AD or President has to be in the position to say you need to fix this, but when an AD or President starts offering his or her thoughts on a solution, and is foisting those solutions upon you, that is when you see coaches resign. 

One last tidbit from the article was the coach's discussion of the criticism Urban Meyer took the last two years.  It is clear he doesn't like to have his methods questioned or his players criticized.  In my mind, St. Urban quit because his inner demons were getting the best of him due to the criticism of nearly everything he did this season.  Before, he could point and stare them down.  Now, not so much.

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