Ok, here we have two different programs, in two different conferences and two different roads the coaches have chosen with filling their rosters. The Head Coach at Auburn is Eric Shore and he is a good coach and good guy, but look at the roster–all the players except one are foreign. Now let’s take a look at the University of Notre Dame Men’s team coached by Bobby Bayliss (another good guy and good coach) and you see a striking contrast in that their roster has all Americans except for one foreigner.
So we have a road and a path that splits and one coach chose to go foreign and the other chose to go American. Nobody in Auburn, AL. followed any of these foreign kids growing up and how good they were going to be so if there are any inroads made within the community it is done after they come to school.
At Notre Dame there are going to be players on that team that many in the community or surrounding community have seen growing up on the courts around the mid-west in tournaments or living in that area. Further than that to me, Bayliss has to put himself on the line more than Eric does in terms of what progress he makes with his players in terms of their development. If people in the USA know of these players and see these players they are going to want to know how they progress at Notre Dame for future generations of junior tennis players to see. This is added pressure for the coach at Notre Dame–he still has to make momma and pappa happy.
For me the American route is the more sporting challenge.0
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