Such a deal

When you compare the cost of hot seats

If LSU was ready to fire Les Miles for going 9-3, then it will be ready to fire him if he goes 9-3 again. Except for one thing: His buyout still exceeds $10 million — $12.9 million, to be exact – if he is fired before December 31. That would be payable over six years, but still.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has had back-to-back 5-7 seasons, but what has frustrated fans in the Commonwealth is that the Wildcat have had 5-1 and 4-1 starts in the past two seasons, then faltered. But Stoops seems safe regardless of the win total considering he has a $12 million buyout.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin has gone from 11 wins to nine to eight then eight again. A&M isn’t crazy about paying a coach $5 million to go 8-5, but the school might feel uncomfortable paying a huge buyout – if Sumlin is axed after this season, he would be owed $15 million, payable within 60 days.

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn took the Tigers to the national championship game in 2013, his first season as coach. Since then, Auburn has gone 8-5 and 7-6. That hasn’t instilled confidence on the Plains. Auburn is average at quarterback and running back, which doesn’t bode well for Malzahn’s attack. But can Auburn afford to pay him off if he has another seven-win season? It would owe him $6.7 million.

… junking the Gus Bus is a relative bargain.  Shrewdly managed, Jay Jacobs.


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8 responses to “Such a deal

  1. BulldogJay

    If you can’t be a coach the next most lucrative join belongs to Jimmy Sexton



    Fire me now….


  3. Looks like ADGM had a big bargain with Smart.


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Wow! Agents must be salivating like Pavlov’s dog as they wait to meet with ADs to negotiate contracts.


  5. Brandon

    The stumbles in the Commonwealth are about 99% due to their schedule. Start out 4-1 or 5-1 against a bunch of beatable opponents, then hit the meat of their conference schedule and play 6 or 7 games in which they are favored in none of them. I don’t think that’s such a result of them “faltering” as it is just the way their schedule sets up. Same as how I’m reserving judgement on our team this year as I could easily see us starting 3-2 or 2-3 but then running the table or going 6-1 over the last 7.


  6. DawgFlan

    $15 million, payable within 60 days.
    Damn, I don’t know if I’m a good enough person to love any job that much. Bring in the tanks!


    • 92 grad

      The money is unbelievably stupid. The best high achieving professors and staff get barely enough to manage an average lifestyle and athletics has so much money they really don’t know what to do with it.

      I’m sorry for the rant but our economy is so messed up. Education professionals “practice” their field in the exact same manner as lawyers and physicians but will never be compensated appropriately. It’s the reason I don’t teach anymore…..I couldn’t accept it and got bitter.


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