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It's Friday, time for a laugh.
So a few minutes ago a viewer texts us. He simply asks, "How many visits will there be to The Scoop today?"
We respond, "About 80,000. Why?"
He responds, "Tell every single one of them I'll bet them $1 that the Pitt AD will make the wrong hire."
Us: "You're going all in on Pitt's AD?"
Him: "Wife needs a new Lexus. Easy money!"
If anyone wants any part of the action let us know, we'll hook you guys up.
Just our opinion...but the candidates are so good for this job that it seems nearly impossible to screw this one up.
Recruits like this stuff
There has been a lot of talk circulating around the Vanderbilt football program this season about how James Franklin has changed the culture of the Commodore program.
Word is the video below is on the big screen as you enter Vandy's football facilities.
Vandy will take on Cincinnati in the Auto Zone Liberty City Bowl on December 31 at 2:30 eastern.
Some great playoff action tonight. Wisconsin Whitewater meets Mount Union tonight in the D-III national title game, and Montana meets Sam Houston State in the FCS semifinals.
It's also the time of year for state championship games across the country as well, and Texas has some premier games on Fox Sports Southwest tonight. Plenty of other regional coverage of high school games as well.
Mount Union vs. Wisconsin Whitewater - 7 - ESPN2
Montana vs. Sam Houston State - 8 - ESPN
Cisco vs. Refugio - 12 - Fox Sports Southwest
Argyle vs. Wimberley - 4 - Fox Sports Southwest
Waco Midway vs. Austin Lake Travis - 8 - Fox Sports Southwest
All times are eastern.
Late night report from Southern Miss
Yes, this type of stuff is usually found on The Scoop; but this one was a little long....
A source close to the search committee just called this report in:
Blake Anderson and Jay Johnson both were terrific in their interviews and seem to be the leading candidates. Todd Monken and Chris Hatcher are extremely impressive and many members agreed that these guys should be leading FBS programs but given Anderson's current experience on the staff and Johnson's recent experience at Southern it sounds like the committee was leaning to one of those guys.
The source did not report anything about the other candidates. He seemed to believe that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
As always, we'll keep you posted. Now flip back to The Scoop.
Highest paid high school coach in the country
During Malzahn's press conference yesterday he stated that he's just "a high school coach that happens to be coaching college". Well, if true, he's got to be the best paid high school coach in the country.
The exact details of Gus' contract have yet to be released, but Arkansas State's athletic director Dean Lee did say that the contract was for 5 years and Malzahn would be the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt conference. Most reports put the annual compensation in the $750,000 to $800,000 range.
Part of those incentives are said to include "an unspecified amount of vehicles from the local dealership" and Malzahn is allowed to live in a house the University owns (shown below) which used to be granted to the University's Chancellor (who recently retired). Malzahn's neighbor will be the University's basketball coach John Brady. How much fun would it be to live across the street from those two?
Any other high school coaches have a better deal?
Details of Charlie Weis' contract
Late yesterday Kansas released the details of Charlie Weis' contract.
You might recall that Kansas had to pay Turner Gill a lump sum of $6 million to buy him out of the final three years of his agreement. One might have thought that the Jayhawks would structure Charlie's agreement differently. One would be wrong.
Weis' agreement is $12.5 million over 5 years, fully guaranteed. Unless they fire him "for cause" he will receive at least $12.5 million from the University of Kansas.
In the contract Kansas also agrees to allow Weis at least $2.1 million per year for assistant coaches' salaries.
If Weis leaves for another job before Dec. 31, 2014 he has to pay Kansas $2.5 million. If he leaves during the final two years of his agreement he has to pay Kansas $1.5 million.
As for incentives...
If they win 5 Big 12 games in a season...$50k...for each additional Big 12 win, another $10k.
A bowl game gets him $50k. Winning that game gets him another $25k.
A BCS bowl gets him $100k with a win in that game earning him another $50k.
AP Coach of the Year gets him $75k. Big 12 Coach of the Year gets him $50k.
National Championship game would earn him $200k, winning it would earn him an additional $100k.
Todd Graham introduced at ASU
After a whirlwind of events yesterday, Todd Graham was introduced as the 23rd head coach of the Sun Devils.
Graham was hired at Pitt in January and went 6-6 in his first season. He had previously served as the head coach at both Tulsa, and Rice where he led the Owls to their first bowl game in 45 seasons.
Below is Graham's entire press conference. It's long, but worth taking a look if you are into this kind of thing.
Smart guys, read this one and help us out.
Ten days ago Steve Fairchild was released by the brand new AD at Colorado State. In making the announcement, the AD stated that he had hired a search firm (Spencer Stuart) and noted that the University was paying them $250,000.
We heard that and said he must have meant $25,000. We read it online again as $250,000 and we called the reporter and said it has to be $25,000. They confirmed he said $250,000.
We immediately called 2 agents. Both said it had to be $25,000. We agreed. Look at what similar searches have cost. A lot of the data is public. There certainly have been high profile, six figure search fees paid; but those tend to be at perennial Top 25 programs and even then $250,000 seems rich. Far more frequently we see $25,000, $35,000 or $50,000 fees paid especially when you're dealing with a "non-BCS" school.
So we called a buddy at one of the search firms..."We'd prefer not to discuss fees." Ah, it was worth a try.
So here we are. On Monday we learned that CSU had selected Jim McElwain as their new head coach (8 days after letting Fairchild go). Yesterday was the presser and the AD went out of his way in his remarks to thank the search firm for their diligent efforts. We're just now reading some of the press about yesterday's events and sure enough nearly every reporter in Colorado notes that CSU is paying $250,000 in search fees.
Anybody else find this odd? Comments welcomed below.