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(a) He's a hardass and has no people skills or charisma. People, including players, do not like him.
(b) He has a reputation that does not command anyone's respect at this point. It's been too soon for anyone to buy this "he's changed" talk. He's got three strikes against him and a lot of burnt bridges.
My guess is it will be similar to what we've seen happen with Mike Leach at Washington State, although Petrino's obviously a better coach than Leach and Auburn's obviously a better program.
Petrino will walk in from day one trying to act business as usual -- trying to enforce a whole slew of dictator-type rules on the players.
Some of these kids already feel they've been lied and misled to in how they were recruited to Auburn. They came for this "family" "player's coach" atmosphere. It's one thing that that's all gone, but it's another that the guy trying to get you to follow his lead doesn't have a reputation to be trusted to back it up.
My guess is a lot of kids leave. That doesn't just include the kids that weren't willing to work either way. It includes a lot of the good kids that don't appreciate being yelled at and spit on by a man that doesn't seem to care for anyone but himself.
Recruits -- I could see JJ maybe sticking to his commitment and some of the receivers. Maybe some of the defensive guys depending on who's on staff. But these kids are close with the current players. Maybe the prospect of playing time gets some of them in. They also committed to Auburn because of the "family" and "player's coach" atmospheres. Again, it's a fundamental change in what we've been selling. I wouldn't expect many to stay committed.
Maybe Trooper and Luper being retained keeps those kids together. But alledgedly Trooper was a big part of the problem in creating the lax, discipline-free atmosphere in the previous staff. Do you really see Petrino keeping that around if he's as tough as folks say? Petrino has openly chastised assistants for failing to fall in line before. If he believes Trooper is going to undercut him, he will not want him on his staff. If he's forced to keep him against his desire, that's just bad from the get go.
With any coach Auburn is going to have attrition, but with Petrino I think we're going to lose a lot of the good kids that another coach, whom they would be more likely to respect, could influence and morph into what we expect Auburn Football players to be.
College football coaches don't need to be "players' coaches."
Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, Pat Dye, and Les Miles certainly never coddled players. They were as tough on those kids in the "wintertime, summer, and fall" as it gets. But at the end of the day, the players trusted those coaches and knew those coaches were doing what they were doing every day, day in and day out, to make them better football players and better men.
Does Bobby Petrino's reputation command that kind of respect?
Well, the proof is in the pudding. You'll really struggle to find more than a couple former players for any of those guys that don't all but worship the ground they walk/walked on.
But Bobby Petrino? See how many guys you can find that will talk about how he "made them into great men" or "built character."
Why does that matter in terms of winning football games? Because "there's going to be times in your life when you lay it all on the line and you come up empty handed. Ain't a damn thing you can do but go out there and lay it all on the line again, and again, and again ..."
Character has to be at the foundation of a college football program to be successful over the long term.
What about Bobby Petrino says to you he can build character in these young men? What about his disciplinary methods says they'll respect and fear him enough to fall in line? How embarassing will it be in April or the fall when kids come out publicly talking about how they're not putting up with a tyrant who just got fired for lying about not keeping his junk in his pants.
It's an obstacle he has to overcome, and winning 9 months from now ain't gonna happen if there's only 45-55 scholarship players around to help.
I spoke with a UT fan at work today about BP. He is afraid they will hire him at UT. He made a great point that these players are KIDS. They need a coach that knows and teaches more than X's & O's. If it was the NFL, that would be different, but it's not. I don't care what Slive or anybody else says....of course BP is going to SAY WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR to get back in a great position as soon as possible. Don't be stupid Auburn.
AUoutlaw....My only prediction for you is that based on your sig pics I predict you think Petrino did nothing wrong. You and him can get together and stare at "girls with low self-esteem".
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by 4evrtiger on 11/27/2012 at 5:19 PM
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