Isn’t it great that when all else fails we revert right back to discussing the apparently seminal topic of what wins college football games. Of course it is the recruiting season, and recruiting season means star gazing, so let’s have at it.
Back in the spring of 2012 I did a three piece series on here about how recruiting stars equated to peer production – that is how many stars did leading college producers have and what the 1st and 2nd string All-Conference (BE and ACC) players had when they entered their respective college programs. Just for fun, and especially if you are bored, here they are in sequence… remember to read the comments also as there was some spirited discussions back then too. They are a bit lengthy but you guys can handle it.
So here they are: Hitch Your Wagon to a Star, Hitch Your Wagon II and Hitch Your Star III – ACC . I don’t have the time or inclination to do all that research again to update to the 2013 results but I have a feeling the findings might not be that much different now and probably aren’t year to year. Why? Because unless you are running a huge, heavily financed football program such as the perennial Top Ten finishers do then your recruiting is going to look much like those posted results we see from two years ago.
To me there are two requirements as important as recruiting to building a winning football program. First and foremost you have to have a Head Coach and his chosen staff who get the best possible production out of the players on his roster, regardless of the players’ star factor.