“He seemed to be genuine.”

The lesson learned from The Last Hours of Mel Tucker at Colorado is an analogy:  coaches are to boosters what players are to coaches.

But the real lesson the folks at Colorado should take to heart is this:

“Listening back, in hindsight, I think there were some signs,” Hastings said in an interview Saturday. “I think losing an assistant to Tennessee [defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh], and the inability to pay enough to keep his staff, that bothered him…

Tucker’s answer was winding, touching on the loss of Brumbaugh, a key assistant that Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt plucked away with a significant raise. “That was disappointing,” Harrington says Tucker told the crowd, “but he made twice as much money so who could blame him?”

Money talks and coaches walk.


Filed under It's Just Bidness, Pac-12 Football

3 responses to ““He seemed to be genuine.”

  1. W Cobb Dawg

    Meh, turnover has always been rampant in football coaching. It’s the nature of the business. It’s nearly impossible to keep a staff together for any length of time. Whether its a successful team like bama or UGA, or mediocre schools like utk, scu, Colorado, etc.


  2. Bat City Dawg

    Lost a lot of respect for Coach Mel in all of this. “We” (royal we) typically give guys a pass on taking these huge pay increases, but glad to see the tide changing in light of this move. The rationale is always “wouldn’t you take double?” or “$5MM buys a lot of quality of life in Michigan”…. Honestly, I think a lot of people outside of the coaching world are a bit smarter about their careers, and don’t simply see it as a numbers game, because it is more nuanced than that. Candidly, while a lot of coaches are football smart, which pays the bills, they are “real world dumb”.


  3. FlyingPeakDawg

    Really can’t understand Tucker’s inability to cancel his appearance that night and confess to his AD that he’s being aggressively recruited by MSU and needs 24 hours to consider. If the AD were to fire him for that honesty, the Mel would have had his answer before the booster meeting anyway. I’m sure there were lawyers and agents demanding full radio silence, but they don’t have their integrity on the line. Once again the NCAA could step in and set parameters for this so as not to blemish coaches and schools, but they are too busy fiddling while Rome burns.

    Side note: had a Buffs fan confront me with the accusation of a “Georgia” guy stiffing them. Maybe that’s a backhanded compliment?