All in all...

I think Jeff Long has done an overall good job with other hires and improving facilities. But what in the world was behind the decision to make such an exorbitant buyout in the extension.

Because he had a good record and was the most successful coach we’ve ever hired.

A great question…

A point people refuse to acknowledge. Tenn has one with Jones. I bet Sumlin & even Orgeron have huge buyouts. I understand Tenn is still paying Fulmer.

Because you have to have that to get and keep a good coach.

Additionally, it helps recruiting. If a coach has not secured some sort of longevity at a school, other coaches will use that against us in recruiting.