When it comes to hiring head coaches and judging which side is best able to negotiate terms, I’m a big believer is studying the tea leaves for leverage. Sure, a coaching job is coveted, but some jobs are more desirable than others. Kirby and his agent did an excellent job wringing a level of support from an athletic department that had a track record of stinginess; you won’t convince me that was due to anything other than that McGarity was negotiating from a level of relative weakness.
Now, turn your lonely eyes to Knoxville, where Jeremy Pruitt is just beginning to embark on his journey as Tennessee’s new head coach. Given the debacle of the Vols’ coaching search, as well as Jimmy Sexton’s obvious gifts for negotiation, it’s easy to assume that Pruitt came out on top.
Easy, though, may not be right in this case. Dial up this clip to the 2:20 mark (h/t AirForceDawg) and listen to what Phil Fulmer’s been up to since he got his man:
Yep. Phil Fulmer — Fulmer the AD, not the coach — is actively recruiting again. I wonder how that’s sitting with Pruitt. (Well, actually, I don’t wonder all that much.)
I’m really looking forward to watching this relationship pan out over the next two years.