I don’t think the staff will be as “SEC quality” as we’d like to think. Assistants don’t leave programs for bad ones, much less one that has a head coach that has never been a head coach or coordinator. I bet he keeps Taylor, Stepp and brings in Tim Horton.
It’s a transient profession, a fraternity of sorts where they all move around and work together at some point. They have families just like everybody else. They go where they get the most $ just like regular people. Their wives and kids like nice things too. More money means more things and vacations, that makes Mama happy. And if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
So if you offer big $, they don’t say no to make less at a an alleged better program. Just not how it works.
I don’t know if Chad couldn’t or wouldn’t. My suspicion is that he was way too loyal to the people who worked for him at SMU.
Hawgindaslough is correct. Assistants work for friends and they work where they’ll be paid better. The nature of their profession is to be insanely optimistic. So what if the last coach went 4-20? We’ll fix that and go 20-4! And then I’ll get a better job somewhere else!