Kenny Dillingham knows college football is tough but he’s not interested in hearing complaints about the difficulty of being a head coach.

In a conversation with Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta for Arizona Sports, Dillingham was asked about the changing landscape of college football, including Nick Saban’s retirement and Chip Kelly leaving his UCLA head coaching job to be an assistant at Ohio State. Dillingham said part of the job boils down to loving coaching while acknowledging there is a host of coaches who want his job.

“I think you’ve got to hire people that love coaching. At the end of the day, I joke around, but you know how many people want my job? You know how many people want my assistant coach’s job and my analyst’s jobs? … So don’t complain about what we do,” said Dillingham. “We’re blessed. There are a lot of negatives about it, but do you know how many people want to be a college football coach?”

His advice to coaches looking to complain about the difficulties of the job was quite simple:

“I literally spent 9 years of my life doing anything to be a coffee boy, so don’t give me the ‘Oh it’s hard to be a college coach right now.’ Yeah, it’s hard. Then quit,” Dillingham urged. “Like, that’s how I look at it.”

The perceived difficulties of this era of college football have been a major topic of discussion during the offseason. Kelly’s departure to Columbus was just the tip of the iceberg with Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley also willingly leaving his job for a coordinator position in the NFL. A wave of other assistants has made their way to the NFL, though the reasons for each coach may differ from person to person.

Ultimately, Dillingham said the name of the game is adapting and adjusting while striking the right balance in life. There’s a way to do it, though Dillingham admits it is “very difficult” with current technology.

“You adapt, you adjust, and is it hard? Yes, but if you love it you’re going to do it. Does it pull away from other things? Yes, find a way to have life balance,” said Dillingham. “Recruit the kids who understand that I’m not going to call you every single day because I’m going to go home to my kids and my wife. Find the balance that works for you and it’s very very difficult because you never have to turn the switch off.”