Charlie Strong considers Nick Saban second to no one.
Strong, recently hired by USF, spoke with WJOX in Alabama and had an interesting take about the Crimson Tide coach. Strong, who was fired by Texas after this past season, was asked if patience was lacking among some programs due to the large salaries paid to some coaches. Strong made $5 million per year at Texas.
“You have to make sure you keep your fan base and everybody happy,” Strong told WJOX via CoachingSearch.com. “When you look at programs like Coach Saban and what he’s done, playing for another national championship, (he’s) the measuring stick everyone looks at. ‘Why can they have success there and we’re not having it?’ It’s what it’s all driven to.
“People want that success and want it to happen. Sometimes it takes a little patience, getting the right players and making sure you’re getting the guys in there.”
There’s quite a bit of truth in that opinion. You could look at some SEC programs recently that made changes, in part, because they weren’t able to compete with Alabama.
Saban’s impact on the SEC and college football as a whole is considerable. It’s clear Texas wasn’t interested in using patience with Strong. You could make the argument that his firing was justified, given his high salary and massive expectations.
But perhaps Strong could have enjoyed greater success in Austin with more time. We’ll never know, and that’s the era we live in.
Charlie Strong on pressure: "Nick Saban is the measuring stick everyone looks at.” https://t.co/LcTs0m0qck
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