The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article today about the Jacksonville Jaguars bringing in free agents and their wives before signing them. After reading the entire article, we got to thinking...why don't college programs do this when hiring head coaches and assistants?
The Jaguars management and decision makers have drawn a correlation between successful players and successful marriages, so they invite the free agent's wives to accompany them on their visit to the team facilities. General manager Gene Smith says that he got the idea from college recruiting. Except instead of focusing on the parents, the focus has shifted to spouses.
Owner Shahid Khan and new head coach Mike Mularkey both believe that coming from a stable marriage and good home environment allows players to do things like stay after practice for some extra reps or stay and watch some extra film. Not to mention the added benefit of being in a good mood.
"If you're happy at home with your wife at home, I think the energy level is higher. It's very important to me...There's a lot that goes with being married. I just believe the happier you are with your wife, the happier you are on the field. I really believe that." Mularkey explained.
When the Jags hosted a few free agents recently, the wives got the royal treatment. Facility tours, time at the beach with Mularkey's wife, massages at the hotel...sounds like a great way to persuade the other half. Especially one that, more times than not, has a huge say in the final decision.
It makes sense to us that college administrators would want to do the same type of thing for the hiring of head coaches and assistants. With the stress that surrounds the profession and the hours that are required to be successful, including the spouse for the entire process seems like a logical thing to do. Are there any programs out there now that are doing this?