The pressure to win is the same, but the time constraints the NCAA has placed on practice — 20 hours a week — does help college coaches. Players don’t typically arrive for meetings until early in the afternoon. Coaches have all morning to get work done before meeting with players. Burning the midnight oil isn’t as common as it is in the NFL.
“Our players don’t walk in here at eight in the morning ready to work all day. They’re in class. I can’t get them until two o’clock. We have all morning and early afternoon to plan for what we want that day,” Stoops said. “It different than if had they shown up at eight. We’d need to be ready to work. I think the NFL style, they probably have to be (work) later evenings than we do.”
Stoops has always been known for stressing the importance of a personal life with his coaching staff. They have jobs to do getting game plans prepared, running practice, being fully prepared for games and there’s always recruiting. But when the job is done, go home.
“Do what you need to and make sure our plans are what they need to be, but don’t guard your desk and tell everyone that you guarded it and you were there until whatever time,” Stoops said. “Make sure you are productive.
“We all try and do that. It’s a comfort level with different coaches. Some coaches are, ‘Hey, I know what I want and I’m done.’ Other coaches second-guess it and want to watch it a little more. That’s OK. You have to do what you feel is right.”
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