direct quote from an AD search committee member, which then begs the question is it easier to hire a new Coach or new AD given that we are on a budget?
I think that the time is right to go hard after Norvell and see if home state discount can be sought??
AD looks pretty dire, same committee member says that Steinmetz wants an AD with experience only. To me that makes a short field of Derrick Gragg.
Stadium, buyouts and hires have us in a pinch. Is that a Long leftover?? dude who shared the info is a financial success and knows monies. We are not playing with a full deck when it comes to what we can buy.
Makes you wonder what our finances would look like if revenue hadn’t essentially doubled on Long’s watch.
Makes you wonder what our finances would look like if Long hadn’t pulled the trigger on some of the booster-alienating changes that needed to be done and (per Clay’s reporting) JFB may have left for Long to address.
Makes you wonder if Long might have thought the extreme lost revenue from playing multiple games at WMS outweighed some boosters’ feel bads.
All that said, the Bielema buyout has to be considered. How much it was, exactly, determines whether I think it was a mistake or a major mistake.
I’m not confident we know the actual buyout number or will ever know it.
But, it’s hard for me to feel bad for the BOT when they paid one of the best ADs in America a lot of $ to go away.
Jerry it will depend on op source. If you look at 7 member search committee I can see one person that knows finances inside and out with connections to ford hunt Stephens etc. if that person says finances aren’t rosy, then he would be telling the truth
I occasionally work with municipalities and state governments. My experience with government businesses is that money is always tight. No matter how much money there is to spend, people in these situations always think there’s no money to spend. I’ve heard this type of thing so often that I now think nothing of hearing that there’s no money in the budget. There is ALWAYS money to be found when it’s so desired.
I do comment too much. I have no idea what my supposed agenda is. This is a message board, not six-nation peace talks.
I just pointed out a few considerations regarding how we got into financial trouble (or maybe avoided more).
I conceded that if Bielema’s buyout is huge (we will probably never know) then that is a definite strike against Long.
But I don’t damn well know any of the damn well financial considerations because I’m not on the damn well BOT.
What I do damn well know, from damn well being on some boards, is that if there were major mistakes like the ones you assume, they damn well should have been in Long’s performance reviews and he damn well should have been fired for something akin to cause, which damn well would have saved the UA a lot of $.
Don’t know if it is fact or what but I have Aldo heard rumors about Long and some bad judgments in the athletic department. However the UofA never wants its dirty laundry out in public so they they possibly would give Long a pass.
As I understand the buyout, it is $5.9 million over 32 months, offset by future employment. He has to seek future employment to get the buyout. So let’s just say he gets a job for $3 mil. somewhere. Then, he would get $2.9 mil. from the UA over 32 months. It isn’t as terrible as it seems.
What grew at a faster rate under Long…revenue or expenses? I don’t know the answer but just curious. I would guess revenue because of the SECN but I don’t know for sure. Of course that is manna from above and not the result of any management skill from anyone at any school.