You may recall seeing from the other day that Tennessee’s athletic department managed to lose well over six million dollars during the 2018 fiscal year. It’s nice to know a $755,471 chunk of that went to fund Bob Shoop’s stellar season at Mississippi State.
With NFL first-round picks Jeffery Simmons, Montez Sweat and Johnathan Abram leading the charge, the Bulldogs led the nation in total defense (263.1 yards per game allowed) and ranked second behind national champ Clemson in scoring defense (13.2 points per game allowed). Those results helped Shoop become a Broyles Award finalist in his first season in Starkville despite Mississippi State paying him a salary, $400,000, that qualified as a pittance compared to those of other Power Five coordinators.
If there’s another college football program over the past decade that’s been as consistently (and spectacularly) mismanaged as Tennessee’s, I’d cringe to see the evidence.