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You can blame it on in-game coaching and X and O's all day, but that is only small part of running and managing a college football program. Player development, preparation and work ethic are not often highlighted in the media or scrutinized by fans, instead we spend time blasting OC's for calling a draw play on 3rd and long. But I guarantee if you asked any coach who has been successful at the college level they would tell you that making the right calls on the field is only a very small part of the entire body of work.
Managing the behavior and psyche of 125 17-23 year olds -- many of whom have troubled pasts -- is not an easy task, but ultimately, a coach's ability to motivate, eliminate distraction and convince these kids that developing their skills both on and off the field is the most important task as hand is what translates to W's on Saturday.
As Scarbinksy points out, this is where things went wrong for Chizik and I couldn't agree more. For every off-the-field behavior issue that made it to the media, there was one that didn't. Chizik got a lot of flack for hiring the security firm but these type of controls should have been put in place long before the Georgia game. For context, Saban has 15 full-time staff members that are solely dedicated to player behavior. You can try to recruit only "high character" kids but to operate under the assumption that all of them are going to go to class and show up to workouts is simply foolish. You would think Chizik has been around the college game long enough to realize this before it was too late, but unfortunately (for his sake), that was not the case.
He failed at both player discipline and development.
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