It's all about time. Everything is bigger at the FBS level. FBS head coaches have larger budgets to manage, larger staffs to manage, recruiting is more complex/competitive and takes more time, more big money donors to appease, more fans, more money to raise, etc., that all takes a toll with a head coaches time. I have no doubt Choate could handle all of that, but I'm not so sure he wants to.bobcat99 wrote: ↑Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:23 pmWhy couldn’t he engage and teach the players as much at the FBS level as this level?AFCAT wrote: ↑Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:27 pmI think head coaching jobs at that FBS level and the FCS level are very different. Choate is a teacher at heart and he loves engaging with his players, something he wouldn't be able to do as much at that level of the FBS. I think Choate has found his perfect job and isn't leaving anytime soon.
Everything that I've seen and heard from Choate is that he loves the FCS level of football and taking care of his players. Lewis Kidd told the story a while back about how much he has seen the MSU football program evolve since he arrived. MSU didn't have a fueling station until Choate set one up. There was no dietician or staff, so Choate was out there personally making smoothies and snacks for the players. MSU still has the only registered full time dietician in the Big Sky. I remember last season when Choate personally saw to it that Ifanse was able to fly home to visit his own doctor after his injury. Choate cared that much about his players health and welfare.
Choate has talked about how much he enjoys teaching leadership and life skills to his players, personally taking time and talking with each player, going on recruiting trips that a head coach wouldn't normally go on (his words), zoom calls with players parents, personally making sure his players stay healthy, etc. Sure, he could do some of that at the FBS level, but demands on his time as an FBS head coach would surely put limits on what he loves to do most.