“There aren’t too many people crazy enough to do what I did.”

This may be the ultimate haves vs. have-nots story (for the moment, anyway) – Miami of Ohio’s new head coach took a $200,000 a year pay cut from his coordinator’s position when he accepted the job.

There’s no way the mid-majors can keep up with the Joneses.

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21 responses to ““There aren’t too many people crazy enough to do what I did.”

  1. Didn’t Malzahn do the same when he went to Ark St? I think his paycut was greater than that.

    • That came after he turned down a pay raise to become Vandy’s head coach.

      • Which makes one wonder what he saw the chance to do at Ark St that he wouldn’t get in Nashville.

        But I’ve said this before on Bobo a couple times, that those wondering why he’s in Athens instead of learning to be a head coach at a smaller program is that unless you’re getting a big conference offer, you’re almost certainly taking a pay cut to go from being a top assistant at an SEC school.

        • Normaltown Mike

          I think it’s better to win at a school in a crap conference then lose bravely at a top conference.

  2. MUDawgfan

    MoOH undergrad and Terry MBA here.

    As a glass half full fanbase – we like to think that he took less money to get away from Brian Kelly. He was “liberated” if you will. ;)

  3. PatinDC

    I guess I missed it, but what happend to Frank Solich?

  4. I Wanna Red Cup

    Speaking of coaches and special teams, was Jon Fabris helping out Denver with their directional kicking game last night?

    • Ol Dawg

      I can’t say for sure, but that was our kickoff coverage scheme there at the opening of the second half.

      • I thought the same thing while watching that kick return. Then one of the announcers says something like “There’s three defenders that practically tripped over each other”. Man, I hope our special team play is better this year!

  5. mdcgtp

    I think the article highlights how totally misguided the salary inflation in college football has become. Guys get recycled and promoted in this industry as long as they have proven and ability to do the job modestly above average. The Browns new Head Coach Mike Pettine was a high school football coach when he was given a job with the Ravens defense under then Ravens DC Rex Ryan.

    Find guys who want to make a name for themselves, and then reward them with incentive laden contracts. Miami is not a have not because of the coaches they can attract. they are a have not because they are never going to fill a complete roster with elite talent consistently..

    • “Ohio State, which spent $34 million on football in 2012, has coffers deep enough to pay both coaches and players. Toledo, which spent $22 million that same year across its entire athletic department, would be further disadvantaged.”

      I would say that when your Big Ten neighbor spends 50% more on football than you do on your entire athletic department, you’re a have-not.

  6. sUGArdaddy

    The dollars are larger, but people do this in the business world all the time, right? Start your own company, become CEO of smaller company? But, you don’t see many coaches do it.