John Adams: So how's that 2015 recruiting class coming along?

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University of Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni instructs players during the first spring football practice at Haslam Field on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni instructs players during the first spring football practice at Haslam Field on Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

College football’s national signing date was last week. Spring football is still a few weeks away for most schools.

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johnlg00 writes:

I gotta say, the time, effort, and attention to SO MANY details, going on and on without taking breaks, for years out into the future, trying to induce immature young big-heads to come to your program, etc., etc., just wears me out thinking about it! I think anybody who has ever been associated with sports is intrigued with the Xs & Os and how your team stacks up against others and who is playing well and who is hurt and all the rest, but the primacy of recruiting, almost more than any other factor, just crashes any dream I for one might have ever had of being a big-time coach. My hat is off to Butch and staff and all the other staffs for their willingness to get so far down into the weeds, and STAY there, for weeks and months and years on end just to get the best material they can and THEN train and lead them to produce on the field and behave off of it. Whew! Wears me out!

murrayvol writes:

It takes a rare skill set to be a successful college football coach. For openers a 24/7/365 committment to the task at hand is a must. One has to be both a big picture guy and a detail man. It's crucial to surround yourself with people smarter than you are......at least in some areas. You should be personable but a mean streak is a must. That's where the wheels come off for many an aspiring coach. It's nice if your players love you but they sure as hell better respect you. I could go on but you get my point.

That's why when the discussion turns to truly "great coaches" it's a very short list.

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