Coaches: Fire us, please



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Why so sad, Coach?



I see the list of fired coaches is growing in college football, and I can’t say that it surprises me.

What continues to surprise me is that universities pay such ridiculous salaries and contract guarantees. I know, I know. The market decides. Coaches generate revenue.

I also know that if no school paid more than $500,000, there’s not one coach in America that would go elsewhere for employment.

Much as coaches like to talk about their love of the game, I suggest another incentive: cash.

Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Cal, North Carolina State, Colorado, Purdue Tennessee, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Western Michigan and Idaho have fired their coaches.

Colorado’s John Embree will get a $1.5 million buyout for being fired. Mississippi agreed to pay Houston Nutt $6 million when he was let go last season. Auburn’s Gene Chizik will receive a $7.5 million buyout.

To put Chizik’s compensation for pain, grief, humiliation and overall discomfort into perspective, I did the math. He could live on $200,000 a year – which qualifies him among the wealthiest two percent of Americans – for 37 ½ years before he ran out of money. That would take him until he was almost 89 years old.

After that, he could dip into his Social Security, I guess.

Seems to me college and pro coaches have hit upon a great retirement strategy: Get a job and then beg them to fire you.


One comment

  1. Kevin

    I don’t fault the coaches for taking the big money when it’s offered -theirs is an uncertain profession- but the whole situation is just another example of how big money has hijacked college sports, especially football. Words like student, sportsmanship, integrity, fair play, and tradition are being sacrificed on the altar of the almighty dollar. Pretty sad.

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