College Coaching – A Less Honorable Profession Than Real Estate?

I’d say that I’m an above average sports fan … I don’t have many
teams I follow,Url but I like a variety of sports and
really get into the
story lines behind the games, more than anything.  I really respect
competition and the idea of putting it all on the line, as much of a
cliche as that might be.  But there’s one thing in sports that really
disappoints me in today’s athletics, and we just saw it play out
yesterday when Bobby Petrino announced he was leaving the Atlanta Falcons for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Petrino announced yesterday that he was resigning from his current position to be the head football coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  It happens every year, coaches come and go, but Petrino had coached the Falcons for 13 games … and he had a record of 3-10.  He probably wasn’t happy about that result.  Admittedly, the Falcons have had a rough season (heard of some guy named Vick?), but he’s leaving in the middle of the season.  He quit.  And every year, in all different sports, we see the same thing.  In Petrino’s case, it’s the THIRD long-term contract he’s signed in 18 months – he left Louisville to go to Atlanta in January of this year, and 12 months later he’s leaving Atlanta to go to Arkansas.  With no penalty!  Think this took people by surprise?  Just after Monday’s game against the Saints, one of the Falcon’s players was PRAISING Petrino for his ability to overcome the adversity the team had gone through this year.

I’m going to relate this to real estate, I promise. 

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When you look at customer service ratings, real estate agents rate low … very low.  That’s disappointing to me, for a number of reasons, but namely because I know lots of agents who are nothing but the most ethical, conscientious professionals I’ve ever met.  They say that your reputation is the most valuable thing you have – it
takes the longest to create a strong, solid reputation and yet it can
be ruined very, very quickly.  When I take a listing with a client, I sign an Agreement that I’m going to work for them, for a specified period of time and for a specified price.  It’s very important that I perform the duties of my obligations to that client to the absolute best of my ability – there are a myriad of reasons I should do what I say, not the least of which is that I’ve made a commitment to perform, and I intend to do everything I can to sell the home and improve the reputation of my profession.

Imagine for a moment the following scenario … I call up Mr. and Mrs. Seller after a few weeks of marketing their home and I say "I’m sorry I haven’t sold your home yet, I’m going to resign from the Listing Agreement andSorryheader_2

list the Jones’ house down the street.  It’s been a real pleasure – all the best to you and your family.  Sorry!"  Think that would go a long way to increasing the reputation of real estate agents in the New River Valley?  Think Mr. and Mrs. Seller would wish me well?    Unlikely.  Think they’d recommend me for another job?   Not a snowball’s chance.

Every year, coaches across the country renege on their contracts and agreements and move on to other opportunities.  They don’t follow through on the promises they’ve made, and they bolt.   It’s particularly sad to see in college when you have college athletes who were recruited by that coach, they’re locked into what’s essentially a contract with the school yet the coach has no loyalty and leaves at a moment’s notice.  That’s not fair to the athletes, it’s not fair to the school, and it’s hypocritical.  Shameful.

I doubt seriously we’ll see any changes happening in that industry anytime soon, but I sure hope REALTORs will honor their own Agreements.  As I type this, three guys at the table next to me are discussing it and they have not made a single positive comment about the Petrino situation.  "Guess these contracts don’t mean anything" was just overheard.  Maybe we should reevaluate those surveys and make sure we’ve got coaches on there sometime soon.  What do you think?   

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