I remember someone saying the same thing about Coach Beard when he was landing all those high value recruits. We, myself included, all scoffed at that and said he had to be doing something illegal, paying under the table, etc. I still do believe Beard is dirty but now I have a bit more perspective on how it looks when you have a coach that actually tries to outwork everyone in the country.
Food for thought. BTW, I am not trying to imply Muss is dirty in any way, I’ve seen nothing to indicate that. Just saying perhaps I was a bit too quick to dismiss the accomplishment of others when it was said how hard they worked. I was very quick to jump on the “they MUST be cheating train”. Now I see that is not necessarily the case.
I will be highly surprised if any coach does not have a plan for every player they are recruiting. That is Recruiting 101. You have to tell the player how they fit within the system and what role they play.
Maybe so, but, for instance, I don’t ever remember any kid Mike was recruiting, or his parents, going on and on about the highly detailed plan Mike laid out for him. Or Pel, or Stan, or Nolan, or Eddie. Furthermore, the fact that it’s happening now indicates that Beard and Self and the other people Muss is recruiting against aren’t doing it either.
I think it was Walsh’s parents who talked about Muss had an entire white board in the hoops office filled with the plan. Not exactly Power Point, but very detailed.
However, I would also be interested in Richard and Dudley’s comments.
Recruits go where they see evidence of getting to their own personal goals. True of any sport, winning matters. I long ago realized in SEC everyone has facilities , cool places to go for fun, great coaches and strong fanbases. Of course , some are better than others but head of the program is what gets everyone to be part of the team to win. Muss does not miss an opportunity to sell his plan and vision–even on Halloween night for instance. Not many have that focus and intensity 24\7. Saban and Smart do. I am hoping Sam Pittman can be the same in his own way .
Kirby Smart was exactly right Saturday when he said recruiting was the most important thing–more important than coaching and developing recruits. Saban told Mal Moore when he was hired at Bama that he was not the best coach but he was the best recruiter and he was correct when you see the players and staffs he puts together. No days off in that effort; Coach Muss has shown same when he has had opening in staff or players.