Ari Wasserman penned an article in The Athletic on what he called “Forced Patience.”
The idea is a simple but interesting one. In the normal course of events, Jimbo Fisher or Mel Tucker might well be looking for work right now, but Texas A&M and Michigan State cannot pay their respective buy-outs. They are forced to be patient and give Fisher and Tucker time to work through rough patches. It’s a fail-safe against the microwave, instant-gratification, prisoner-of-the-moment nature of their profession and our society.