Remember that Miles Brand interview I linked to a few days ago? It’s the one where he said
Q. Do contracts like Nick Saban’s $4 million-a-year deal at Alabama make you concerned about the money being thrown around to coaches?
A. I thought that a million dollars was a lot. But when we moved away from that and moved, in one case, to a $4 million contract, I think we have to ask some very hard questions. Whether you can justify it in terms of rate of return, it raises the question of propriety for colleges and universities. [Emphasis added.] Is this the appropriate thing to do within the context of college sports?
Well, if Mr. Brand wants to explore the “question of propriety”, this seems like a good place to start:
But did you know he’s also the guy who helped Tubby Smith escape from Lexington to…brrr…Minneapolis? (Now that’s a feat comparable to selling ice cream to Eskimos.) And now, conveniently, he’s been retained by Kentucky to fill the job that…he just helped to vacate? [Emphasis added.] I guess it’s like they say…no one goes against ‘the firm.’
Pretty nifty trick, eh?