Big-time isn't all it's made out to be
That's what New Mexico head coach Rocky Long told me a few weeks ago. Long voiced what many coaches are afraid to say publicly: The pressures of the job may not be worth the paycheck.
Jumping to a big-time head coaching job has obvious benefits. Everything is better: The salary; the players; the facilities; and the exposure, which makes recruiting easier.
However, the pressure is also greater. Big-time coaching has become more difficult than ever. That's what coaches at the big schools tell me privately. Either you have to win in a hurry at a premier school, or you take a beating at a school that has no chance of winning.
Want proof? Take a look at Mack Brown, Walt Harris and Ron Zook.
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