Originally Posted by Stemp
Other than Nick Saban, name a coach who consistently brings in top 3 recruiting classes and develops his players?
The guys who can develop talent often don't get the highest ranked classes because they get players who may not be as highly ranked by the "recruiting gurus" who set the rankings. Mack Brown is notorious for bringing in highly ranked classes and then riding their talent without developing them further.
So my point is, just because a team gets a highly ranked class doesn't mean they will win. And just because a team only is top 10 rather than top 5 doesn't mean that when it all shakes out, that that recruiting class isn't better than the ones ranked above them.
Recruiting classes are suspect anyways because they are subjective and based on potential not results, much like the NFL draft.
Pete used to do it at USC. He developed players for the NFL routinely. Jimbo fisher at Florida State has had several top 3 recruiting classes and has developed them very well, having the most players drafted last year. Urban Meyer did it at Florida, remember that run of dominance?
That's just off the top of my head. What you are missing in your Mack Brown argument is that Mack Brown is not a great coach. He is having a hard enough time picking his assistants.
Winning championships is often about the QB of the team and if they can produce in big games. However, when you have top 3 recruiting classes routinely and great coaching, you always have a shot. A better shot than a team with the #12 recruiting class and great coaching.
Top recruiting classes are more about quantity of blue chip players than one great recruit.
Originally Posted by htownfan32
Lol @ USC outbidding Texas A&M
Do you really think after dropping half a billion on our stadium we're going to let another school outbid us for Sumlin?
This school is aiming for the stars, both academically and in athletics. There is aggressive expansion going on in College Station the likes of which has perhaps never been seen. Whether we get there or not is up for debate, but the whole "you never will" shtick is getting real old.
Who is saying that A&M never will reach that level? The point being made is that a great coach has a better opportunity for championships and a better team at USC than at A&M.
I have no problem admitting that USC is a better coaching job than Florida State.