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I have read a lot about how "not to get caught up on stars" and "getting the right fit along with right coaching" and all that stuff, so just wanted to throw my opinion and get other opinions on it.
Its true stars dont matter all the time. Guys like Eric Norwood, Nick Fairley, Javier Arenas, Mark Ingram, Ryan Swope and Johnny Football comes to mind. But on the other side, guys like Cam Newton, Tim Tebow, Julio Jones, AJ Green and Trent Richardson comes to mind who lived up to their hype and became game-changers. Also, notice that all the teams who have won BCS titles have had rosters full of Top-10 and mostly top-5 classes. That is not just a coincidence. Auburn won the title with a roster of only 1 top-5 class (2010), but we had a combination of strong leadership along with a once-in-a-while player. And who knows Utah could have won it in 2008 (though I didnt think they could have beaten Florida in the BCSNC game). But these are the exceptions.
So bottomline - you need top-10 classes along with top coaching to be a consistent contender. Stars do matter (unless you played for Gene Chizik and staff).
Any opinion Bryan?
This post was edited by shashin_patel 16 months ago
Stars matter for recruiting services and feel-good recruiting fanatics. In actuality, the top players probably do pan out best, but it does take some good coaching to keep their heads in the game. Too often these prima donnas get the idea that they're 'owed' by society to be 'great'. I see that happen too often for it not to be so. A good mix of 'stars' are probably the best thing to have - too many 5-stars and the team gets to feeling they're too good to be coached. And, sometimes that 2-3 star player steps up and makes the big stage. I say to give them ALL a chance to 'shine', and get the best players, not the most 'stars'. WDE!!
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True, the best players shall play. A lot of times, the players without the hype are the best ones, not just for their skill, but for their leadership. A lot of highly recruited players might have trouble developing such leadership, but once they do, you can win championships with them that you might not with less skilled player. But yes, you need a good mixture of both.
Louisville's less skilled players whooped Florida's highly-skilled ones. And such upsets will continue to happen. But how would have lousiville fared if it had to face Florida's schedule, which included playing against Texas A&M, SC, UGA, LSU and FSU. I doubt it would have done any better than 1-3 or 2-3 at best.
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Work ethic is important and critical for every player. But at the same time, 'if you can't dunk, you can't dunk', so to speak.
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Natural, God given talent matters. That much is true. What else is true, as many of you already know, is that it is often wasted for many reasons. With that said, the topic was whether or not stars matter. Stars are more tricky as a 6-4 280 pound kid dominating top flight HS talent will get more credit than the same kid playing in a small school in DE or ND, if any exist. The way I see it, Gus saw things in a 3* RB that he knew he liked. I'm very comfortable knowing that Gus may put the hype aside and go after the God given talent that he believes will best benefit the team regardless of what the servicxes may have to say about it.
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