“A never-ending grind”

Pity the poor football coaches who have to work harder these days.

In the meantime, many coaches are frustrated, feeling as if they’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of recruiting. An SEC staffer who works in personnel estimated that coaches are having to continually recruit 55-60% of their current roster. The staffer described a situation in which a starter left school for the NFL, and four players reached out about getting the former starter’s jersey number. Coaches couldn’t simply give it to the player with the most seniority, as they might have in the past. Instead, it went to the player they felt was most likely to leave if he didn’t get his way.

“You have to kiss their ass,” the assistant said.

Sure, they’re making millions, but you can’t put a price tag on what losing control means to a control freak.

Coaches are eager for the NCAA to do something, whether that means policing tampering or restricting transfer activity to more narrow windows in the calendar.

“Or”?  LMAO.  If you polled 100 coaches on that choice, my bet is you’d get 100 votes for option number two.



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11 responses to ““A never-ending grind”

  1. Gaskilldawg

    I have zero sympathy for the overpaid PE teachers. (Thanks, ee, for that term.)

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  2. ASEF

    Hmm. Squeakiest wheel got the oil. Sounds like a reactive, poorly run operation. But hey, it’s all the kids’ fault.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    Almost like running a business, ain’t it. Try going the ‘non-compete agreement’ route and see if that works.

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  4. Butler Reynolds

    I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “I’d love to have his paycheck, but I’d hate his job.”


  5. atticus34

    The whole shit show is a f ing joke. But you say its better now that the innocent players aren’t being taken advantage of anymore. More power to you my man. Players have more power than ever and the health of the sport sucks. And yes I include overpaid coaches bailing on their teams too. The prices have gone through the roof.. It’s still the best game…. just to watch a game, the pure football, watching Brock Bowers or Nakobe Dean development etc….but the ME attitude has poisoned the sport….. it is absurd and its a f ing TEAM sport. The ADs, Presidents, Coaches, Parents, players, agents its all a joke.


  6. Derek

    The coaches need to get one of these tests for recruits:


  7. Yes, you could give the jersey to the kid you most don’t want to leave. Or…just spit-balling here…you could bring all 4 into your office and teach them about team, sharing, sacrifice and have them work it out together. Maybe pull the team captains in too. You know…lead, teach coach.

    Nahhhh…just whine.

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    • Derek

      Burn it in front of them, say its retired and hand them 95-98.

      Of course, I don’t think I’d get along very well with many current S/A’s.

      Especially those damn prima donna wide receivers and entitled qbs.

      “We are all going to run until X is no longer an entitled little bitch. This may take awhile.”


  8. Tommy Perkins

    I’m generally of the mindset with a new market that you let it run for a bit, see what unintended consequences manifest, and then course-correct as needed.

    To zoom out, how we got here was by forcing players to sign the most one-sided agreement in sports, the NLI. Without the ability to unionize and collectively bargain, their only resort has been to hack the system via NLI, the transfer portal, etc. And, yes, it’s chaotic and has negative impacts on the sport. It’s bad for team culture and chemistry, destabilizes rosters, kneecaps the careers of coaches in the first three years with a team, exacerbates the lack of parity among programs, etc. Doubling coaching salaries doesn’t mitigate any of that — it’s just a tax ADs pay to play in a market that’s gone off the rails.

    And, yeah, I get it, coaches hop around too. Coaches also made their bones sleeping on air mattresses while serving as GAs at East Jesus State, and dragged themselves and their families around the country from one unglamorous gig to the next every 3 years or so until they start making coordinator money and started having a little control over their own destiny.

    To get an NLI that everyone can live with, it’ll probably require allowing players to unionize and collectively bargain. Coaches and ADs aren’t going to voluntarily make concessions. Say, a 2-year, 2-way deal. You’re guaranteed a scholarship for two years and you can’t enter the transfer portal during those two years (including redshirt years). At the 2-year mark, if you’re looking, then we’re looking, and vice-versa. 30 days’ notice on either side. Or if everyone’s happy, the NLI auto-renews for another year. At the end of that third year, same thing. After year four, the NLI expires.

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  9. Oh noes, you mean coaches are having to treat players like people, with dignity and respect? The horror!