Yes NIL plays a role in it but when team captains , 3 year starters leave the program . You have problems , I am sorry I have never been 100% sold on Pittman. Yes he did win some big games , can’t take that from him. But I am unimpressed listening to him speak. He seems to lack enthusiasm , doesn’t move you.
He won most of y’all over by crying on tv , for a “once in a lifetime job” . When we were a complete dumpster fire. Well folks we are headed back that way , if not already there.
We are getting portal commitments for Schools you didn’t even know existed and Pittman thinks he can win with that in the SEC. This is getting ugly. There has to be a better coach to right the ship.
Pitman is turning the roster over to give us a better program. Some players we lost won’t start for the upper level teams. He hasn’t lost the team. The guys that are here want to win. Thinning the herd shows the guys left that we are in it to win it.
Let’s not forget that there were apparent problems with the S&C staff this past year & perhaps some poisoning of the well. If not the right personnel or if disgruntled, their day to day contact with players can become a cancer to any team. There was good reason that CSP sacked the entire S&C staff.
It seems that a risk comes with an opinion board, some opinions come from a position of some information, some from a position of intelligence and some just come from what someone pulls from their rear end.
The “glass half full” spin of that is that every coach is still new with NIL and relatively new with the portal.
Coaches accustomed to winning due to depth of the program (Alabama is the poster child) now lose that depth every year. Alabama has been (largely) able to withstand an injury over the years. Depth at many positions allows for in-game substitutions should a player be sick, hurt (but still trying to play), or underperforming. The practice coaching that goes on could risk offending a player - pre-portal there was no place to go, so you endure.
The glass half-empty version of this is that Pittman’s vision was about building long-term program depth due to belief in the system and being able to rely on guys who are in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th years in the program. Those players become 5-star guys due to maturity when compared to the raw talent of a kid who is in year 1 or 2 (but less mature).
Understand that CSP calls it like it is & his demeanor reflects that. The players, parents, staff, & fan base are not interested in cheap sales pitches & hollow promises. After a couple of years, most will see thru that nonsense.