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Coaching doesn't inherently lead to a stressful life

Updated: December 29, 2009, 4:39 PM ET
By Jay Bilas
Please forgive me if I do not immediately jump on board with the popular interpretation of Urban Meyer's leave of absence and all of the handwringing over the stress of the coaching profession, the long hours, the travel and the pressure to win.

I am sensitive to anyone's family and health concerns, but Meyer's situation is not unique to coaches and it is not because of coaching. It is because of his personal makeup, his own personal health and his own personal approach to his job.

And forgive me if I do not blindly accept the use of Skip Prosser's devastating death as conclusive evidence that coaching is inherently stressful and hazardous to one's health. It is no such thing. Coaching did not kill the former Wake Forest coach in the summer of 2007. Prosser was a friend, and he was too tough to be taken down by coaching, something he loved.

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