First, you know I don’t want Gus. But I think the point is, and this is what I had heard, but wasn’t (still not) sure was true, that Gus (yes, his new school, won’t be Gus) owes AU NOTHING for leaving, other than paying what his assistants are owed. Which would be nothing if they came with him.
There is a huge difference between millions being due and basically zero.
I have a hard time thinking Gus has basically a zero buy out if he leaves on his own. But that may be.
If Gus is the target, one would have to think that the financials will not be something we are not prepared. For all these decision makers may lack in knowing how to select a Coach, they don’t lack much in money matters. Because of this, we can probably assume the means are there if the opportunity arises. It seems the bigger concern might be, once hired, how do the factions disappear and not reappear too soon or too easily.
That’s the Carch22! The powers of the board and big money boosters could potentially have us headed for a train wreck! That’s what it very well be. Then fire all of those good ole boys and start over again. It’s a cycle. We will repeat this every 3 to 5 years until they finally die off and someone with a little common sense takes over.
I’m hoping who ever is the Head Hog next year get the ship back on course.
Gus had to make payments on it, again, my point was that not every time does the school pay the buyout, in this case, Gus helped. Sure, with money Auburn paid him, but it happens. McElwain had a huge buyout from CSU, he paid part of it, Florida paid some, and Florida gave CSU a huge game guarantee to be part of it.
Throw in a $12m bond payment, and you’ll soon be talking about real money. Of course the bond payment is for 20 years, I know, it isn’t that much every year. Also, the buyouts are spread over time and subject to future employment decreasing it, but still not chump change for a well heeled program.