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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

USF football assistant or Plant football coach? Discuss.




So Robert Weiner is staying at Plant, thus ending the brief opening for Tampa Bay’s top high school coaching destination.
The move raises a good question, which our John C. Cotey brought up on Twitter:
Most famous high school football coach in Tampa Bay >>> USF WRs coach? Discuss.
Yes, let’s discuss.



I don’t know what I would have done if I were Weiner, and it’s not my place to second guess him. I’ve flip-flopped before, too: When an opening at the Times came up a few years ago, I initially was interested. But after talking it over with my girlfriend (now wife), we decided it wasn’t the right time, so I took my name out of the running. Two months later, I was flying down here for an interview. Circumstances change, and sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.
But which job would you rather have? Head coach at Plant, or assistant coach at USF?
The Bulls would pay more, but the schedule is a monster. Coach during the week. Recruit on Friday nights. Take late/early flights to games. It’s a grind. The upside is high, too. Do well as an assistant, and you can move up the ladder to high six-figure jobs or head coaching positions. Plus you get to prove yourself at a higher level.
Plant is tough, too. Expectations are very high, so a down year or two could be cause for panic – and people clamoring for you to lose your job. I have the utmost respect for high school coaches who have to teach full course loads plus get paid pennies on the hour for their work as a coach. But you’ve got an established program with national prestige and the resources to compete for a state title every year.
So which job would you rather have? Plant head coach or USF receivers coach? Why?


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