Rodriguez's job goes beyond the field

Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez's job goes beyond preparing for games and practices. Read on for his thoughts on player maturity, rankings, and more.

Much of what a head football coach does goes beyond the field.

He has to deal with the personalities, egos, and more and that often times can be the biggest challenge associated with being a head coach.

For Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez and others like him, one of the biggest obstacles is dealing with varying levels of maturity.

"I don't want to say it is getting easier, but it is tough on them because they don't really understand the scope of it," Rodriguez said.

"A lot of them haven't grown up yet. It depends on the maturity level. Some guys are mature beyond their years.

"My son is a 15-year old freshman that is playing varsity football and he is as mature as guys on my team, but he's been around and he understands the deal. Other kids are 20 and haven't grown up yet. It just depends on the kid."

Rodriguez has made a living off finding under the radar prospects and that has led to much debate among Arizona fans. The "star" argument, as it is usually called, has seemingly been going on since the beginning of recruiting rankings.

The head coach does not hide the fact that he wants the best players, but also admits that there is usually a difference between a blue chip prospect and one that does not have a lot of offers.

"Absolutely there is," he said. "With the lesser star guys or whatever you want to call it, there is less feeling of entitlement.

"Trust me, I would love to take a class of all five-stars, but there are more kids that have a sense of entitlement than ever before. That gets knocked out of them pretty quick when they get to college though."

In order to deal with those differences, Arizona's head coach needs patience.

"I have learned to have more patience," he said. "I think I have more than I used to have, but not as much as I need to have."

Whether the player is a two-star or a five-star, Rodriguez preaches the same necessary effort level.

"I have always said the highest of the highs is a winning locker room and the lowest of the lows is a losing locker room," he said.

"I think more than anything, we are trying to teach our kids to be ultra competitive in every rep they take, in practice and in games."

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