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As I look at the diffusion of recruits from a state and how we measure a coaches success by how "THEY LOCK THE STATE UP", there are a number of words that come to mind -- Momentum, Velocity, Ex Nihilio, Fiat, Alchemy, Phoenix, Revolution, Revelation, Transformation, and in a competitive marketplace of abstraction and diffusion, an organization that is the "pacesetter"must create the feeling that they are part of a NEW WORLD ORDER by diffusing rather abstracting talent.
And many on this site and in the media are so willing to give the SEC recruiting battle over the midget Saban and decry that he epitomizes the NEW WORLD ORDER in the SEC…but I beg to differ…the mighty Saban has more abstraction within his state than Les Miles and is really more on par with Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze, Marc Richt, and Derek Dooley (past tense) ? that is, they do not lock their states up as Les Miles does here in Louisiana.
Abstraction and diffusion is the process by which it is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system, whether or not an organization is truly the leader of the NEW WORLD ORDER in whatever given marketplace that they are in. Given that decisions are not authoritative or collective, each member of the social system faces either abstraction or diffusion by the evidence of a 5-step process:
1) Knowledge -- person becomes aware of an organization and has some idea of how it functions -- BAMA is a pretty well-known commodity throughout all of college football, much more in the state of Alabama. LSU not quite at that historical elite level yet…the evidence of in state recruiting tells a different story.
2) Persuasion -- person forms a favorable or unfavorable attitude toward the organization -- the evidence shows that of 13
recruits of the top 20 in Alabama that were offered by the midget…only 4 chose Bama -- that's NOT a lot of diffusion…not good and not deserving of a NEW WORLD ORDER.
3) Decision -- person engages in activities that lead to a choice to adopt or reject the organization -- the evidence shows that of 13 of the top 20 in Alabama that were offered by the midget…a whopping total of 9 chose to go elsewhere -- that's a LOT of abstraction…not good and not deserving of a NEW WORLD ORDER.
4) Implementation -- person puts an organization in the lead as a pacesetter by rallying other adopters -- the evidence shows that of 13 of the top 20 in Louisiana that were offered by the Mad Hatter…a whopping 9 chose LSU -- that's a LOT of diffusion…very good and deserving of setting the pace of a NEW WORLD ORDER.
5) Confirmation -- person evaluates the zero-sum-gain of an organization by looking to other leaders -- the evidence
shows that of 13 of the top 20 in Louisiana that were offered by the Mad Hatter…ONLY 3 chose to go elsewhere -- that's NOT a lot of abstraction…very good and deserving of setting the pace of NEW WORLD ORDER.
The most striking feature of diffusion theory is that, for most members of a social system, the decision and confirmation of whether or not you are a pacesetter depends heavily on the decisions and confirmations of the other members of the system WHO CHOOSE YOU. Studies show that after only a few early adopters of a system adopt or choose an organization, relatively rapid adoption by the remaining members happen and then there comes a period in which the holdouts finally adopt the same affirming decision that they want to be part of diffusing a NEW WORLD ORDER -- at Bama, the recruits only talk about the selfish goals of getting to the NFL...at LSU, they talk about becoming part of a family AND getting to the NFL, as the evidence also suggests.
There are still some weeks and months left before until further and final evidence can be gathered but the evidence demands a verdict -- each member of a system's decision is largely framed by personal characteristics of the leader of an organization… and it is this evident truth that makes abstraction or diffusion possible. And here is my verdict insofar as recruiting is concerned -- we fear the midget on the recruiting trail AND WE SHOULD NOT as his personality is abstracting
and distracting…rather, FEAR THE HAT as his personality is diffusing and endearing -- this is what the evidence shows.
But the midget does win, doesn't he???
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by owban_roderick on 12/8/2012 at 11:26 AM
Good Stuff! Oh, and I've never feared Saban. Of course, I've never gotten into the Saban drama, he's a good coach, but for me it's always about LSU/Alabama, not Miles/Saban.
This post was edited by LSUTIGER21 on 12/8/2012 at 1:52 PM
That man owns football now, along with the state he coaches in...
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