Junior speaks on his vision for the program, and I find it a little depressing.
On The Difference in Today’s Players: Unfortunately, the number one thing that is on their mind is the NFL. You’ve got to understand that. You’ve got to motivate them in the classroom and in the community as well, but it’s so money driven and professionally driven to get to the NFL and make the money as fast as you can.
When we get this program really rolling, we’re going to deal with a lot of three-year kids. We’re going to deal with a lot of kids that if they don’t get injured and they follow our direction and take our coaching, in three years they’re going to be in the NFL.
I wish it was different. I wish it was not like this. But it is the way it is. I think we can deal with it extremely well.
On UT being an NFL Pipeline: That’s the reality of it. That’s what kids are thinking. Do you get some kids that are highly motivated to get their degree? Sure you do. But they’re not all like that. That’s just not how society is today.
So we have to know that. We think that we are a pipeline to the NFL. The drills that we do, our systems on offense and defense are straight from the NFL. They (prospects) are getting coaches that have coached in the NFL. They’re getting coaches that have coached a ton of first-round draft picks — 11 national championships between this staff and a Super Bowl championship.
We do know what it takes to get guys there. We’ve sat in draft rooms for years. We know what it takes and we know how to get you there…
Ultimately, there’s just something soulless about reducing your program to nothing more than a minor league franchise for the National Football League. No matter how much talent you arrange to process for your professional masters.