Daily Archives: January 21, 2010

In the for what it’s worth department…

ESPN’s Bruce Feldman likes what he’s heard about Georgia’s new secondary coach.

Jay (Georgia)

How good of a hire is Scott Lakatos for UGA from UCONN?

Bruce

(2:29 PM)

Really good. I know some guys who have coached with him who say he is an outstanding teacher.

Get your validations where you can, folks.

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Grantham speaks.

Good interview with the new DC on 680 The Fan this morning. Give a listen:

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Keep telling yourself that, kiddo.

Heather Dinich has an eye-roller of a post.

… You can’t put a price tag on integrity, though, and the ACC’s got it.

The ACC has earned a reputation for hiring coaches with consciences, and both Steele and Cutcliffe have reminded us it’s a trait that still exists is the big business of college football. Steele went to Tennessee. He’s a proud 1981 graduate. He played there. Cutcliffe’s daughter goes to school there. He spent the first 16 years of his career there. Yet both of them are focused on finishing what they started in the ACC.

Loyalty runs deep in the conference. Look at Frank Beamer and his staff. Jim Grobe and his staff. How Frank Spaziani stuck by BC, even when he didn’t get the head-coaching job the first time around. How Maryland stuck with Ralph Friedgen, and he in turn kept his staff in tact, despite a 2-10 season.

Me laugh.  Maryland “stuck with” Friedgen because it can’t afford the buyout.  Spaziani got the BC job because his predecessor had the temerity to interview with an NFL team.  Bud Foster indicated to Mark Richt that he had some interest in the open DC job and Virginia Tech had to open up the wallet to dissuade him from further pursuit.  And don’t kid yourself into thinking that Kevin Steele – who just jumped from Alabama, what, a year ago? – isn’t getting a sweetener from Clemson.   By the way, whatever happened to that Dave Wommack fellow?  It seems like he was just hired the other day.

Jim Grobe is a rare bird, and I do give him credit for that.  But you know what?  He’s been at Wake Forest for the same amount of time that Mark Richt has been at Georgia.

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UPDATE: By Dinich’s lights, shouldn’t LSU and Chavis get as much credit for loyalty as she’s giving Clemmins and Steele?  (Don’t forget that Miles turned down overtures from his alma mater, too.)

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Thursday morning buffet

Grab a plate and chow down, folks.

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It’s only money.

Damon Evans is at peace with the size of Grantham’s contract.

“We went after coaches that were making more than what we were paying before,” Evans said. “We knew that in order to get the individual that we wanted that we were going to need to step up and pay more than we’ve done in the past. We’ll continue to evaluate each individual based on performance, based on market and based on what we think is a fair and competitive wage based upon their performance.”

“I feel confident and comfortable because of the finances of this organization are in such a way that we are able to give a salary like this and in a position to do so to where we don’t put ourselves in a bad situation, that we don’t affect our bottom line so much that it causes problems in other areas ,” Evans said. “We’re positioned well financially. We can manage something like this.”

“As far as assistant coaches go, do I see there being some changes? Yes I do,” Evans said. “Salaries are increasing. You’re seeing multi-year deals across the landscape of college football, but for us, we evaluate each situation on its own merit and do what’s appropriate for that particular situation or that particular individual. I’m not going to rule out that we’ll do another multi-year deal. We’ll just do what we believe is in the best interest of the program.”

Best hang on to your hat, Damon.  Because Mike Hamilton is prepared to double down.

… Two sources said UT was willing offer up to seven-figures annually for the “right” defensive coordinator — but the department wouldn’t complain if the best available candidate to accept the job demanded less money. UT men’s athletic director Mike Hamilton often speaks about the “line-item” business of coaching staffs, and the only price figure restriction is the combined sum.

“I hate to be so cold about it, but I look at this as a line-item, and you’re trying to pay for experience and the coaches that they’d hire and all those kinds of things,” Hamilton said. “The way I look at it is, ‘OK, we’re going to pay the head coach this, and what does the rest of that line-item look like for their assistant coaches?'”

Hamilton, as he said he would, claimed to ask every potential UT head coaching candidates to questions about their collections of assistants: “Who would you bring with you, and what are the dollars necessary to hire the best coaches you can bring to the University of Tennessee?”

“I challenge them,” Hamilton continued. “We now have that model out there to hire the best possible coaches they can hire. In some cases, you might have a head coach that has a higher salary, and the pool would be less for the assistant coaches.”

Dooley’s contract hasn’t been released to the media yet, but his total financial package per year is believed to be in the same range as predecessor Lane Kiffin’s — approximately $2-2.5 million per year.

UT’s assistant football coaches last season made a combined $3,325,000. That was the highest of all public institutions in college football (private schools don’t have released that information, and most don’t).

In other words, even though UT spent like there was no tomorrow on its assistant staff last year and got middling results from a staff that blew apart like the mercenaries most turned out to be, Hamilton is ready to travel down that exact same road again.  That’s not cold, that’s crazy.

… Dooley said his strategy won’t necessarily mirror Kiffin’s though. In other words, Dooley said the best fit for his UT program won’t necessarily be one widely regarded as the nation’s best.

“This whole ‘putting together the best staff in the country’ and all this, well, every staff can’t be a headliner to me to make a good staff,” Dooley said Friday at his introductory press conference. “A staff is a team, and each member of a staff brings strengths, and each member of a staff has things that maybe they don’t do as well. It’s no different than assembling a football team, and so what I’m more concerned with is who wants to be here?”

It sounds like Dooley’s got more sense than his boss.

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