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    What motivates people....

    With all of the firings, hirings going on in coaching and the frequent meltdowns that occur every time CPR's name is mentioned I thought maybe a discussion of what motivates people might open some eyes.

    Every time a position is open that appears to be a "dream" job it seems to be associated to money, facilities, national relevance. Basically a set up that makes success easier.

    A lot of people are motivated by the challenge. They take a great deal of pride in doing what people say can't be done. Look at Mack Brown. He is in a position where anything less than a National Championship is considered failure. He's highly paid and has pretty much unlimited funding. Look what happened to Frank Solich at Nebraska after a 10 win season. Those jobs are appealing to a completely different personality than someone who would truly want the ISU job.

    Look at Chiz. He was more of the Mack Brown type of personality. He complained about the fact that the job was difficult at ISU. He wins a National Championship at Auburn and gets fired 2 yrs later. At ISU had he done that, we'd name the stadium after him and he probably would have had a 10 yr window to suck. But, he wasn't willing to put in the work and didn't have the necessary passion.

    Both Pollard and CPR are unique and seem to enjoy the challenge every single step of the way in making this program something that it wasn't when they arrived. That is a very unique personality trait. Someone that comes to work every day, knowing the chips are stacked against them and taking on those challenges with a chip on their shoulder. You have to be a very passionate person to fight that fight against the odds and that is what we have.

    I don't think CPR wants an easy job, nor do I think Pollard wants one. They both have opportunities all the time. Not just when someone tweets some rumor. We have high quality people and they are both perfect fits for ISU. I think they know this as well. What Pollard has done to this point is nothing short of A+ work, but it's unfinished and I think he wants to finish the job. CPR is the kind of guy that I think wants to retire a Cyclone. He needs an outlet for his passion. A job where you can't get those big passionate moments, the big upsets, the big recruiting wins where he jumps out of the chair and hugs a kid because they put their faith in him. Those seem to be the things he really enjoys about his job and those are somewhat unique to a job like ISU.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    The top tier jobs are also challenging. 7-5 at USC almost got Lane Kiffin fired, while 7-5 at ISU would be rewarded with a contract extension. The expectations are higher at the top schools to match their superior infrastructure. And those jobs contain plenty of their own passionate moments.

    None of this is meant to denigrate ISU. I think as long as ISU continues to seriously invest in their football infrastructure, CPR enjoys the challenge of building the program one step at a time. But you never know as all coaches are competitive as hell, and they all dream of winning a national championship. Unfortunately, barring divine intervention, this isn't possible at ISU.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    The challenge is completely different at ISU than USC. And btw, Lane Kiffin is about like Chiz in my book.

    Take it from someone who has worked at a market leading company as well as a startup company. Some people thrive in a market leading environment while others thrive in a company that seeks to become something bigger and better.

    Every coach, just like every employee, doesn't necessarily want to work for the biggest and best. Some people enjoy the journey and knowing they built something special more than simply having it handed over to them.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    I'm an executive recruiter (aka headhunter) and talk to professionals everyday who are considering a career change. They are almost always motivated by one or more of the following:

    1. want more challange / responsibilities
    2. location
    3. money
    4. desire to manage people
    5. title (prestige)
    6. dislike in current environment

    These are in no particular order but as people grow older #2 and #5 get more important.



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    Re: What motivates people....

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    Re: What motivates people....

    Comfort and challange. It has to be a balance of the two, and if it swings to far to one or the other, problems.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone06 View Post
    Comfort and challange. It has to be a balance of the two, and if it swings to far to one or the other, problems.
    I know it works this way for some people... but you can't say that about all people right? Can you really get too comfortable if you're not a type-A personality?



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    Re: What motivates people....

    Quote Originally Posted by nrg4isu View Post
    I know it works this way for some people... but you can't say that about all people right? Can you really get too comfortable if you're not a type-A personality?
    Good point, and your probably right. However for some, that can become their challange, getting more and more comfortable.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    The fact that winning at Iowa State is a challenge is why "fit" is so important here. Granted being a good fit is important at any school. A coach has to know and understand the culture and how to win there. At Iowa State though it is taken to an extreme, simply because a 10 win season has never happened and because we aren't exactly in a great geographic area to recruit.



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    Re: What motivates people....

    To the OP, I agree with some of that, but you act like a man like Mack Brown is complete chopped liver and a coach afraid of a challenge. Look at his coaching history and you will see he resurrected North Carolina football. Whoever heard of NC football before he got there? They were terrible when he got there, and he eventually went on to win 10 games there in three different seasons before he left for Texas. Also did a partial rebuild of Tulane before that, but not many care about that.

    I agree with your point that coaches need to understand the culture of the program, which is why PR is a great fit at ISU, which is also why Chizik was a terrible fit, and why Mack has been a good fit at all those southern schools.



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