That's how it started, but it all started falling apart with he way Carson treated his players. He thought we were all as dumb as the players he'd had as an assistant at UNC and USC(e) or his Marines.
I remember a quote from Ross about coaching at GT vs. his former stops. He said at Maryland and other places, if he asked the players to run through a brick wall, they would do it. At Tech, he had to answer the question "why do we need to do that?' before the players would do it. Or WTTE. There may be a downside to coaching actual student-athletes from a purely coaching perspective.