Whatever it takes, the new standard

Auburn, the trendsetter:

… A key step occurs Friday, when Texas regents convene via teleconference for a special meeting. One of the agenda items: “Discussion and appropriate action regarding individual personnel matters related to appointment, employment, evaluation, compensation, assignment, and duties of assistant football coaches, including offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator.”

The meeting is necessary to authorize salary figures for coordinators that would allow Texas to compete with the going rate for elite candidates in comparable positions: Specifically, the $1.3 million per year deal given to Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn earlier this week.

So, Texas wants to be in position to pay both of its coordinators seven-figure salaries.  Somewhere, Jimmy Sexton is sporting the biggest shit-eating grin you’ve ever seen.  The race is on and the schools with money will win.

That’s why the most laughable part of Mark Cuban’s playoff proposal is this:

Cuban suggested trying to persuade major donors to college athletic programs to cut off financial support until their presidents approve a playoff system. He said he thinks it would take about three or four years of planning to get a playoff up and running.

Yeah, tell ‘em to ensure that their programs don’t have what they think it takes to compete in the here and now so that in a few years they can have a bigger playoff.  That’s going to be one helluva sales job, Mark.

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5 responses to “Whatever it takes, the new standard

  1. The Original Cynical in Athens

    When I read the headline and the first couple of lines of this post, I could have sworn that you were about to let us see how Texas is laying out their strategy for how to pay the parents of potential “student-athletes” in a way that will not harm eligibility.

  2. Toom

    me too. I’ve often thought about the “boycott” strategy when it comes to forcing the playoff issue. Sadly, it is like the fat girl who tells her boyfriend he must propose or she will break up with him. What’s she really going to do?

    The fans are screwed in this case. Yes, we’re that fat chick.

    • Macallanlover

      I agree, the “boycott” should be employed. It is the one sure-fire thing that would overcome the Presidents’ blind spot….quickly. This could have been done decades ago although organizing it would have been harder without the internet. Frustration will continue to build, it will happen because the next generation is less enamored with the past way of doing things (not against tradition, just believe in correcting the flaws). We need a playoff to make the regular season games meaningful!

  3. Orson where art thou?

    Auburn may have introduced the millionaire O-coordinator, but we invented the $750k D-coordinator. And created three others at other schools in the process.

    My wet dream: Bobo goes on such a tear that we have to pay him a million to stay. Dream with me, Richt.