The Business of Football
By myauburn on September 18, 2012
All the media scribes have been telling us for a long time that big time college football is a business. Well folks, I am here to tell you they are very right. This season for the Tigers presents a lot of parallels to a business. First let me say I am in business, actually 5 different businesses and I have enough employees to feel competent to expound on the following comparison.
I am the owner, just like Chizik. I have employees who all have their strong points and weak ones, just like him. You have to play up the strong points and avoid the weak ones. Let’s take them one at a time.
My number one guy is a focused, driven person who would do anything necessary to take care of my business. My number two guy is a more emotional guy who when challenged will put aside emotions and come through every time.
Chizik has the same people. He has a DC who is focused, driven and will do anything necessary to take care of (football) business. He has an OC who is an emotional guy who needs to be challenged.
My job, and his, is to drive the number one guy and challenge the number two guy. This is Chiziks’ job right now. He must get in the face of BVG to get the defense fixed and challenge SL to fix the offensive problems that are hurting the business of Auburn Football.
Now, the second level. I have a guy who is somewhat simpleminded, but is talented and will work his butt off and take on any task you assign, but you must explain it to him slowly and in detail in words he can understand. If you can do that all you have to do is sit back and watch him get it done. That guy on our team is Frazier. He needs to have things explained to him in detail in words he can understand. He has the talents, he just needs clearer instructions….play calling.
I also have a young man who is more laid back but given a job, he will dive in head first and get it done. That guy on our team is our middle linebacker. He is the leader of the defense and must be given the job of diving in head first into the play and get it done instead of waiting till it comes to him..
I know this is a comparison that some will take exception with but it is valid. I….Chizik have to get the best out of their/my managers and they in turn have to get the best out of their charges. Work up a scheme to get the very best out of your employees/players.
In business it is hard to find good managers and even harder to find good workers. At AU we have good managers and we have good workers. It is the job of the business owner/head coach to bring out the best in the managers who in turn will bring out the best in the workers.
I am fortunate to have the people who work for me and I have a good mix of talent. Chizik is in exactly the same position.
I would go to the mat for any of my people and am sure Chizik would go to the mat for his guys, but you still have to have a bottom line guy and that is Chizik/me. The Indians would not know which way to ride around the wagon train without the Chief directing them.
In closing you can rail all you want about BVG and SL but the bottom line is Gene Chizik.
Is he a good businessman or just another guy who will declare bankruptcy soon.
The rest of this season will tell us. I, for one, want to see how good a businessman he really is. War Eagle