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February 25, 2013

Harbison preaches consistency, life lessons


Auburn safeties coach Charlie Harbison believes in building relationships. It's why he got into coaching. Harbison discusses why relationships with prospects and his team are vital to his purpose and how he accomplishes gaining respect.

HARBISON ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: "Building a relationship is being yourself. If you're fake, they will know. It's like raising kids, if you tell one something, and the other different, you are being inconsistent. Being yourself and being real, being consistent. I love my guys -- I'm going to make sure they follow the guidelines set by the University and Coach Malzahn goals and vision, and what's set for the defense.

"I want our kids to be a man. One thing about me, I'm going to treat every kid I coach like my own. If you be yourself and be who you are, and treat each kid correctly and tell them, I want you to graduate, want you to be a man, have a relationship that's faith based, relationship with the Lord. That's not something you'll push on a kid, but you have to be able to give it to them. It's his choice, but they have to see it in you. What you speak, they have to see in you. I tell my guys you have to be humble, be good tempered, sponsor your own show. That will take you through life.

"This isn't just about football, it's life, any walk you have. I try to live by that. When I talk to my players, I'm also talking to myself. They have to see that I'm consistent. I work on that daily."

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