I’ve been in Bamaland long enough to know $1.6M is pocket change for thriving SEC programs that go bowling each year. You yourself have pointed out how much funds are generated each year by our programs and the Foundation. Why quibble over less than $1M when the dude could get away to a better offer? That seem like fried brain cells or are you just beating on me again? Is he not worth this pocket change?
We’ve never paid an assistant even $1 million, much less $1.6 million. Dan Enos and Robb Smith both got up to $800K their last years here. And, in case you haven’t noticed, we have a few other things going on requiring large quantities of RF money, like paying off Bielema’s contract and expanding the stadium. In all likelihood, if anyone was out there ready to throw $1.6M at Chavis, he’d have already taken it.
or d) A& M says fine…we are not going to help out a division rival…we will NOT fire you…you will be “reassigned” as special assistant to the AD and you will teach PE to freshmen for the next year until your contract expires…
I would thus come back with he’s already shown he can turn several defenses around, coming to Arkansas for a bad defense would reduce his odds to be a head coach, Clemson can out-bid Arkansas (certainly with the now over $20 million it has to pay Coach Bielema and Jeff Long) and he’s got a great relationship with his current head coach.
Maybe they are good friends?
Maybe he wants to be closer to home in Kansas?
We offer more money?
Likes a challenge?
Maybe he hates the color orange or purple?
Reds his favorite color?
Likes the SEC chant?
I don’t believe any of these, and calling anything after the first three “good” might be a stretch, but they are reasons.
That a and m , if the gotta pay him 1.6mm no matter what, hires another defensive coordinator and just says Chavis is just in an administration role for this year which keeps him from coming to Arkansas. Could happen. They paid sumlin a big sum, Paid Jimbo a bunch. We gotta pay out former coach 15mm now they tell us. And our former ad 4mm+. Surely we are not going to pay a and m buyout money to hire Chavis. Plus he probably wants a multi year contract. What about the comment our new coach said about being the best. Even cooches he says. If a coach is not the best we hire a new one. Oh wait, foot note, when his contract runs out.