Tony Alford on the shows that try to poach Meanne Williams


Like it or not – and most people in sports hate it – poaching is a real thing in college football. Honestly, it’s always been, it’s just a bit more prevalent now with athletes not having to sit around for a year, promises of a springboard waiting for them, temptations of none and all that remains.

Ohio State had to deal with this situation with regards to returning to the third year in the third year Mian Williams. Other shows knew that Williams was very talented, but it was too late Trivon Henderson And his game-breaking skills are on the depth chart. So the teams came after Williams through the back channels.

Bucknuts back coach asked OSU Tony Alford About that ordeal recently.

“As much as people were worried about Mian, I had control the whole time,” Alford said. “Mian and I are in a close relationship, as I do with his mother, so that was fine.”

While Alford did a great job putting together a great RB room with Henderson, Williams and Evan Pryor – and keeping them – he fully admits it’s not an easy task. However, he also strongly believes in the approach he has put in place in terms of building relationships.

“Yes, it can be difficult at times, but I think it comes down to two things,” Alford said. “Firstly, it comes down to the belief system of the young man and his family that you can develop their son, the child believes that you can develop him as a player and as a man. And secondly, this is a very transparent program and the fraternity is very strong here. And so, I think men feel as well established as this family here. And so, Leaving is sometimes difficult.

“But I also understand the gate. I get it. As far as the coach is concerned, as far as the training is concerned, it can be difficult sometimes, because you feel like you’re re-recruiting your room every week. And to some extent you are. But I think as long as you have Transparent relationships go on, and we’re all on the same page in terms of communicating what’s going on, there’s not much you can’t work through. I mean, that’s the best I can tell you. The highs and lows are in the gate, what they are. It’s not going to change anytime soon, As far as I know. I don’t know, I’m not a member of the rules committee. But we are what we are and the players have to play. If you train properly and do the things you’re supposed to do and play winning football, we have to find ways, I have to find ways to engage my buddies In the field “.

Alford explained how he was able to persuade Williams and perhaps Pryor to stay, despite knowing Henderson would be the main man and Bucky’s team would obviously throw the ball a lot as well.

“You’re telling them the truth,” Alford said. “Yeah, you tell them the truth. I mean, that’s kind of how you get recruited anyway. I tell you what I think, and you might like it and you might not, but I’ll tell you what I think. And it’s back again to transparent relationships and transparent conversations.” This is where you are In it, and here we go, here’s what I think you need to do better.” And we just keep going. Sometimes we agree to disagree. There are some tough conversations that have to happen, but I think as long as you have a backlog of equality in terms of your relationships with people and guys I think you’ll be fine in the end.”

Alford was then asked what he thought of the poaching/rigging that seems to be spiraling out of control in college football now.

“I mean, the shady things in the back doors that I know firsthand happen here, do you wish we weren’t in that space?” asked Alford, rhetorically. “Yes. But we are. I wouldn’t be one of those people who would do that. But you know what you’re dealing with and like everything else you have to work on the standards that are there. And you can say whether it’s right or wrong or just or unfair, but that’s what It is. And so, you have to work it out. So some firewall is put in some way for “Here’s how we work in this space.” But I don’t have a definitive answer for that because I don’t know how to do it and I’m not… That’s not the way that We do our job.

“But again, it’s down to relationships, it goes back to the belief system, it goes back to youth development and players. And really, at the end of the day, that’s what you have to deal with, in my opinion.”

Fortunately for the Buckeyes, it would look like he had a vice fist on him.

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