For something that’s supposed to come off as a Very Serious Warning from Mr. Conventional Wisdom, there sure is a lot of unintentional comedy here.
Let’s take a look at what he thinks has changed in the past few months for high-profile coaches, or as he puts it, The New Rules.
Rule No. 1: You have lost the benefit of the doubt and you’re not going to get it back.
Really? Bobby Petrino did, but that was only after the fact. Before then, it was painfully apparent that he was given free rein to do as he pleased. And let’s not forget that even after news of the scandal hit, Barnhart himself thought Petrino would hang on to his job.
If the lesson is keep your pants zipped up when you’re not home, that’s hardly news. Just ask Mike Price.
Rule No. 2: The Freedom of Information Act is alive and well and is going to get a helluva workout in the future.
Houston Nutt totally agrees, Tony.
Rule No. 3: Coaches used to have all the power. Thanks to technology and the social media, that is no longer the case.
If Randy Edsall is your example of a high-profile coach, you’ve already blown the discussion. Besides, last time I checked, Edsall, while a dick, is still employed by Maryland.
Rule No. 4: Thanks to that same technology and social media, the truth will always come out.
Pardon Nick Saban for a moment while he pauses for a chuckle.
Rule No. 5: Don’t think it can’t happen to you.
Well, duh. High-profile coaches who are self-centered and arrogant are hardly a recent development. The ones who are able to keep their focus on the source of what gives them their power instead of getting sidetracked with sexual matters are going to keep on trucking just fine, at least as long as they keep winning. And don’t lie to the NCAA.
I know Barnhart thinks this comes off as a dramatic revelation, but what it really sounds like is a bunch of his AD buddies speaking behind their hands about how this time they’re really gonna step it up and take charge of their coaches. Good luck with that, fellas.