something you missed Scipio
Great article as usual, but I want to share something that also contributed to Harsin’s departure…. Mack’s adolescent, condescending and disrespectful treatment of his ****istants after any loss.
I spent an evening fishing off my dock on the Coast about 5 years ago with an offensive coordinator who is now a very hot, young head coach. He grew up in a coaching family and has been in that world since he was a toddler. That evening (after telling him I was a college football junkie) we talked about his many friends in the coaching community including several on Texas’ staff at the time.
He made it clear that a tight network exists within the ****istant coaching community and many know each other and enjoy each others company when they can. He also said they often share their opinions pretty openly about their respective bosses. The bottom line is he told me there is a completely ignorant misconception by many in the the public about Mack Brown and Bob Stoops. The view that Stoops is a hothead, ****hole and must be hell to work for is completely wrongheaded. And the view that Brown is a gentle grandfather who is super easy going with his ****istants is also founded in ignorance. In reality it is the complete opposite. Stoops is deeply admired and respected in the ****istant coaching community because he identifies himself as a coach, is involved in the smallest details of coaching and appreciates the difficulties, bad bounces and complexity of his ****istants jobs and always has their back. Mack is known on the other hand to be a hell of a nice guy if things are ok, but can be embarrassingly petulant, unpredictable and an ****hole after a loss. He is known to go off the deep end into unprofessional behavior and engage in personal dress -downs to the point of belittlement. Because he delegates everything he takes no personal responsibility for a loss with his staff even if he says the opposite in public. (My opinion….Saban on the other hand, is also an ****hole with his staff at times, but is still respected because he knows his ****istant’s jobs better than they do).
Harsin was nurtured by a head coach who was first and foremost another coach much like Stoops. In the end he had very little respect for Mack’s coaching acumen and was disgusted by his behavior and CEO nonsense .
by paleohorn on Dec 12, 2012 9:41 PM CST reply 4 recs