I can think of only two reasons why Long was fired, but CBB is still the HC:
The BOT has some compassion, and they’re letting CBB have a home game goodbye to his players, or
The decision to keep/fire CBB depends on the outcome this weekend vs. Miss St, and should we win, the Mizzou game. A loss this weekend and we’ll probably have another major announcement after the game.
An alternate scenario is making more and more sense to me. I have no inside knowledge, mind you, but it would help explain why Bielema still has a job. What if the breaking point issue with the trustees was not the coach, but the decision on whether to continue playing in Little Rock? Or an alternate suggestion is they’re not happy with the way Long handled the stadium expansion project. Either one might explain why BB still has a job and JL doesn’t.
If Gus IS in play, what do they gain/lose by firing CBB now? I’m not saying he is in play but IF he is, wouldn’t they wait until at least Auburn’s regular season is over? If there is a chance Auburn gets in the playoffs, they probably wait until that is determined too.
The only way BB has a prayer of being around next year is if he wins Saturday, which might prevent an announcement that he won’t be coming back prior to the Missouri game. He’s likely gone anyway, since the best shield/advocate he had in the state just got canned. But it is still possible that two wins to close out the season might save his job, though I doubt it.
It would kind of be the icing on the cake for this year if we won the last two and they announced BB was out and then played a bowl game with an interim coach. That would make it just weird enough to fit in with everything else that’s gone on.
While it’s not exactly what I have heard it’s similar. I have a good friend working in the agent’s office. From her understanding the decision on CBB has not yet been made. There are however, as you all can guess, strong money players on the Gus bus. Without a doubt there have been chips called in.