Chivalry and college football?

I’m listening to a college football call-in show (The Sports Tap) that has the hosts debating the question of whether chivalry is dead in college football. Now when I hear them first pitch the question, I’m thinking this could be a target rich environment.

Then I hear the example that set off the debate: Mark Richt’s hiring of John Lilly. One guy actually suggests that an assistant coach, like any employee, should give his employer two weeks’ notice.

Now there are dozens of retorts I could toss off in response, but let’s just ask one basic question. Why would any head coach in his right mind want to retain a recruiting coordinator in the last two weeks of recruiting season when that assistant accepts a job at another school? I mean either you have to announce the move to all your recruits, which opens up a whole set of questions, or you lie about the move to them. Now that’s chivalrous.

These guys seem really hung up on “what’s the rush?” with regard to the hire, and maybe I’d give that query some credibility… if they raised the same question about WVU’s hire of Johnson that opened up the slot in the first place, or UT’s hire of Stan Drayton, or… well, you get the idea.

Must be a slow night for these guys.


UPDATE:  A different, saner perspective on Lilly’s decision to leave FSU is here.



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2 responses to “Chivalry and college football?

  1. Or for that matter, FSU’s hire of Jimbo Fisher in…January of 2007.


  2. I suspect that most FSU fans wish Richt hadn’t been a gentleman and stayed to coach the title game after taking the Georgia job. 😉