First year Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was asked by reporters earlier today about the similarity between the college communities of Clemson and Oklahoma (where he coached last season), and how each of them have managed to have sustained success despite relatively small population bases and sharing the state with other BCS caliber schools.
After noting continued success relies a lot on stability within the administration, and continuity within the coaching staff, Venables goes on to explain a few other areas he sees as key to building a consistent winner in a campus community similar to his last two coaching stops.
“You have to be able to recruit at a high level. Let’s face it, players help make everything easy.” Venables said, adding that recruiting coupled with stability within the staff and administration is the foundation that everything else is built upon.
“Consistency within your approach is also important. Obviously, you have to be thorough and detailed in how you run a program.”
“Having a foundation of recruiting tough, disciplined players, and they don’t have to be real flashy. That’s kind of contrary to popular belief anymore in this day and age of ‘Let’s see what new play this team comes up with this week’ or, ‘What cool pretty uniform will this team show up in?'”
“That’s not how you win. Now, kids like that so you can recruit some kids, but if that’s what they’re making decision off from, then that’s not the kind of guy that I want to coach anyway. I’m in it, so I get it, but I want some guys that have a little more substance to themselves. But that’s just me.” Venables explains.
“Again, Bill Snyder is the model of consistency as a coach and his approach. He doesn’t change. He is faceless day in and day out in his approach to young people and I think there’s a comfort in that, in a very systematic approach. When you start deviating, being here and there and everywhere else, I think that when they start to see through you and gets everyone out of their comfort zone.”
“There are a lot of variables that go into it, but I think having a foundation of those things are critical.”
After weighing in on program building, Venables provides some quality insight on the importance of the four hour radius surrounding the Clemson campus and why that radius weighed heavily into his decision to take a position on Dabo Swinney’s staff.