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.