Posted on: May 25, 2010 1:57 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2010 2:09 pm
CBS just posted their take on how secure major college football coaches are in their jobs:
While their assessments are interesting if speculative, what I did find fascinating were the accompanying statistics.
What I found most disturbing about the list is that coaches entering their fourth season at their schools are at the median for length of tenure. This means that as I type this note, more than half of the coaches in the upper echelons of NCAA football have only coached their schools for three seasons or less. There are 22 coaches who will be on the sidelines for the first time at their current school later this summer. That's out of 121 schools.
So one sixth of the schools changed coaches for whatever reason after the 2009 season. That's a pretty high turnover ratio, especially for contracted jobs where, with certainty, in most of these situations either the coach or the school did not honor their end of a contract, at least in the aspect of the term of the contract. If you still had any belief, and I don't expect you did, about the sham of "amateur athletics", this should shake those beliefs to the core. Only the small schools now have any semblance of displaying a relaxed atmosphere about giving it the 'ole college try'. The bigger schools are officially frying pans for coaches, staff, and to some extent the "student athletes". In my opinion, the biggest shame in the college football fishbowl this year is Florida State, who forced out a coach that deserved to stay at that school as long as he desired if they had losing seasons every year from now until that date. There never was a real tradition of winning at FSU before Bowden arrived, and now they're too good for him. Pshaw. Texas Tech makes that list too. Hurrying a very successful coach out the back door the very day before his bonus is due is just too transparent. And if it wasn't for that reason, and they are guilty not of greed but stupidity in their timing, it doesn't get the TT "front office" off the hook from where I stand.
On the other side, only 18 coaches are entering at least their 10th season with a school. Only eleven have, as I type, completed their 10th season with a school. Let me tell you, its hard to build (or maintain the illusion) of tradition or loyalty at a school when you can't stick with a coach for at least several years.
Of course, not all of this is on the schools. It has become increasingly trendy over the last few decades for successful coaches to jump programs. At times I suspect they do it as much from the fear that they can't maintain what they just accomplished than they think they are making a step up. Now, there is no question that I was spoiled growing up a Bama fan. Bear Bryant had many lucrative offers to leave Bama, but stayed the course and became a legend because he did. Granted that Bama was the Bear's 4th school before he settled down, but settle down for good he did. He gets a pass for two of the moves. At Kentucky, he wasn't satisfied with playing second fiddle to basketball, and from Texas A&M he was "called home".
Will we ever again see coaches with the longevity in a job of Bryant, Paterno, or Bowden? I would like to think so, but I think the odds are long. Frank Beamer at Va. Tech is the closest there is at 24 years on the job. Congratulations to both him and Va. Tech for staying the course. The longest current tenures at what I consider the "Destination jobs" for coaches is Brown at Texax (12 years) and Stoops at Oklahoma (11 years). Don't expect Lane Kiffin to hold the USC reins until there is more shuffle in his walking than his jobs.
The sad thing is that most of the time when your average old football program fires a coach, they don't really improve with the next guy. Its all a ploy to sell tickets, just like the pros do. Except there is no difference. The only difference between major college football as a business and pro football as a business that that the players don't get paid (that they let us know about except by accident LOL).
Posted on: March 17, 2009 6:25 pm
As a neutral observer, I have no emotional attachement to whether Florida State retains 14 wins or not that the NCAA just forfeited.
Is the penalty excessive? It sounds like it on the face of it.
I do know what is unquestionably excessive though. The amount of money a state institution is about to spend to defend whether or not it should be acknowledge as winning some GAMES. The guy they hired won't come cheap. Could the money they spend on this likely futile effort be better used on some academic facilities? Some financial aid to students? Some starving children in a third world county?
Possbily they are happier in their hunger knowing that Florida State spent a lot of money so they could say they won some games.
Possibly some kids that are having a hard time buying the unconsciounably expense college textbooks are happier as they try to work their way thru school knowing that no money was available to help them out because FSU needed to say they won some games.
One thing FSU accomplishes by turning this into an expensive legal battle is certain. In modern times no one is fully responsible for anything, and any outcome one doesn't like is certain to make a run thru the courthouse that is expensive for someone involved. Florida State is reinforcing its support of that much despised but often acted upon attitude.
Congratulations, Florida State, you win one contest for sure ... being an institutional brat.