Relationships are a big part of any successful business and in coaching? Maybe, more so. To that end, USF boss Charlie Strong has rolled out the red carpet at his summer camp this weekend.
Strong had already previously announced that his former boss at Florida, now Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, and also Mississippi State’s, Dan Mullen, who was the offensive coordinator in Gainesville when Strong was the d-coordinator, were being welcomed for Sunday June 11th.
Strong had also scheduled for Alabama coaches to be in attendance/assisting with Saturday’s workouts for numerous stud high school players in the Tampa Bay area. And, after some speculation about whether he would join his assistants on the USF campus, look who was there Saturday:
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) June 10, 2017
As Knight continued to tweet and report, Nick Saban was meeting some of those prominent recruits throughout the Saturday workout.
This obviously shows the “pull” that Strong has and the new cooperation that most coaches are showing for each other. And, it shows willingness, when it comes to allowing the “enemy” to come into their area and be part of what used to be exclusive access of a head coach’s camp.
The biggest part of the controversy was last off season, when programs like Michigan and Ohio State wanted to venture into the state and have their own exclusive camp. That has since been frowned upon by both the NCAA and the big conferences.
Another part of this is credibility for Strong and for the Bulls. With Scott Frost at UCF in Orlando and FAU’s Lane Kiffin and FIU’s Butch Davis in South Florida, USF has to continue to try to stand above them every way possible.
Having “the standard of college football coaching” in the 2000’s in Saban on campus Saturday? Says a bunch without having to say a word.