The college coaching world has become a bizarre and weird place. No longer is it good enough to simply go out, find the best possible candidate based on current credentials, and hire them...No. The college coaching search has become akin to our Presidential search - Don't worry who's most qualified, find the guy/girl that'll make people say "Oooooooo, well that's interesting".
You have to have the dog and pony show, set up clandestine meetings with sitting coaches, fight with AD's, or crowd source twitter just to find the "right" guy.
Take the latest hire, Herm Edwards for example. I mean, I love Herm, he's great, but do you really think he was the best candidate for the Arizona State job? What about Herm's resume in the last 10 years says, 'Great College Football Coach', coaching is an ever changing world, and Herm has been at Bristol providing hot takes to the masses since '08. Sound byte, check. Coaching, ehhh, not so much.
Jimbo Fisher, one of the most successful coaches in college football today. Leads the Seminoles to 5 victories, can't get along with the AD, watches a fan get kicked out of a radio show for questioning his loyalty, and boom - he's at Texas A&M. Not just @ Texas A&M, paid 75 million dollars over 10 years! Insanity. At that salary, you can't just win 1 title, you have to win all the titles.
Scott Frost, a.k.a boy wonder: After a magical season in the most magical place on earth, he's faced with a tough decision...Except he was presented with this decision weeks before we realized, because apparently he was having clandestine meetings with Bill Moos, the Nebraska AD, while under the nose of his road team-Knights. Also, if you follow the timeline, Mike Riley was fired by Nebraska on Nov. 25th. Frost allegedly met with Bill Moos on the 17th. Hmmm. Nothing shady about that, a sitting HC on the road with an undefeated team, meeting with an AD that hasn't yet canned his current coach. But you're right, Frost is our hero.
Oh, and then there's Tennessee. They wait about 2 months longer than needed to fire Butch Jones, then hired Greg Schiano, and allowed a twitter mob to run off that idea. AD, at the time, John Currie was then turned down by the likes of Bozo the Clown, Larry the Cable Guy, Peter Griffin from Family Guy, and the Muppets. Not surprisingly, he lost his job as AD, and Tennessee is still on the hunt for their next coach.
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