Okay, Greg’s gotten a towel, cleaned up the mess he made, refilled his coffee cup, turned back to read some more news, only to spit take again.
College football’s newest arms race has gotten plenty of attention this summer as coaches across the country race to fill out their support staffs with more coaches than ever before.
Under Gus Malzahn, Auburn appears to be keeping pace.
For the first time, Auburn’s full football staff is now available on the school’s web site, and the Tigers have 21 members in off-the-field roles, seven more than the 14 carried by Gene Chizik last season.
In addition to an influx of high school coaches, Malzahn brought over the bulk of his coaching staff at Arkansas State, even though only offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and offensive line coach J.B. Grimes joined his staff as assistants. Four other Arkansas State assistants — David Gunn, Casey Woods, Kenny Ingram and Brandon Hall — have joined Malzahn’s staff at Auburn, as well as several members of his off-the-field staff in Jonesboro.
As McGarity mops up the second mess he’s made in a matter of minutes, he ponders the future of the program and the reserve fund. Clearly matters are getting out of hand. The new TV money will only exacerbate things. As he thoroughly reviews the situation, there only appear to be two viable options from which to choose: give Mark Richt the authority to keep up with the Joneses, or push hard with the SEC and NCAA to create caps on the size of college football support staffs.
McGarity makes up his mind about which course to take, picks up his phone, punches a speed dial number and puts in a call to…