You discredit a coach's influence
no, i just think you are over stating it.
Even before Saban, WM was sending every stud to LSU.
Is that because of coach or the community? WM is a very pro LSU area is it not? How would the community react if the HC was actively working against LSU? Would they just take it or would they call for his head? I gather the HC is very pro LSU, but its easy to be a pro LSU coach at a school in small/mid sized city in Louisiana. Maybe he's as influenced by the community as the players are by him. There are plenty of examples of schools and towns like that across the country, pro the big state school. I don't think there are many that are hostile to the state school. Its an easy sell to support the state and state school, go to the school you grew up watching etc. Its not so easy to do the opposite.
St Aug and New Orleans are different from WM and Ouachita Parrish and there was a history of bad blood btwn LSU and ST Aug. But that has been smoothed out and while St Aug will never be as pro LSU as WM, there are pro LSU people at the school and in the community. I don't think they will just sit there and not push back if the HC is openly trying to steer kids away from LSU just because of his personal animosity or because his step son goes there.
This post was edited on 5/29 at 12:17 pm