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What are those things?
Are those the things that make Auburn, Auburn, or Georgia, Georgia, or Alabama, Alabama?
Those things listed....weight rooms, practice fields, and stadiums...those things are all pretty much a wash from LSU to Tennessee to Auburn to Florida. Facilities are facilities. Mascots are mascots.
For kid that has never lived life within the football complex of Auburn or Athens or Baton Rouge, what it is about each place that makes it unique? If it's not all of those lifeless things, what is it?
It's the people.
For football recruits....who are the "people" that make these places what they are? It's the coaches, the support staff, and the relationships that the recruits have developed with those specific people over the years that form 60% to 95% of the bond to a program.
So when an entire staff is jettisoned out the door, those relationships and connections are gone as well.
Go back to your childhood home, knock on the door, go inside and sit down, and see how "at home" you feel. What makes it "home" isn't the house, it's the people inside the house.
That isn't to discount the town of Auburn and the "feel" many of us get just by being in Auburn. To a lot of folks, that is something special, even as the "people" come and go...Auburn seems to remain "Auburn". To us, Auburn is something that doesn't leave when the coaches leave.
But remember, these kids aren't looking just for a town in which to live, they are looking behind the closed doors of the football program. That is #1. That is where they will live. And when everything behind those closed doors changes....the decision about which "doors" to walk through gets a little tougher.
Give the recruits time to meet the new "family" that now lives in the house they were going to call a home. Some will stick around, some will leave, and some will leave and then come back. But whatever the case, we need to at least try to understand that it's not as simple as it seems.....especially not for an 18 year old looking for a home.
Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy - you know who
"Get in where you fit in." Life is, Too Short TL;DR
Fearless and True!
Alabama delenda est.
That looks good when read, but it's all just crap.
Todays players want to know when will they get to play and will they be prepared for the NFL and its big $.
Look at the draft over the last 4 or 5 years and you'll know what I'm talking about.
You think it's just dumb luck Alabama wins the recruiting war and the BCS titles?
"I've seen some coaches lose with good players. I haven't seen anybody win without them." Rhett Lashlee
Auburn '99, Beta Zeta of Theta Xi
I tried saying this very thing the other day but wasn't quite able to put it so elegantly. But yes, this is exactly right and it blows my mind that people just cannot understand this and don't even want to try to understand this.
No war is over until the enemy says it's over. We may think it's over, we may say it's over, but the enemy gets a vote. - Gen. James Mattis
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