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.