That buyout is consistent with what most coaches at major programs have written into their contract. Obviously it’s a different situation there, but Jimbo Fisher’s buyout is the sum of his entire contract. So if he were fired after six more seasons, he would still be owed something like $22 million.
Bielema’s buyout drops to $11.7 million after Dec. 31, 2017, and to $7.9 million after Dec. 31, 2018. So if a coaching change needs to be made after the next couple of seasons, Arkansas’ hands are not as tied as it would appear.
If you are going to give a guy that large of a buyout, you need to have so much cash on hand you could pay the coach off without a whimper. What you don’t want is to have to keep a coach because you cannot afford to fire him. That is not an intelligent position to be in.
Oh I can’t remember the tenor of Razorback nation either, however I can unequivocally say that I didn’t feel that he did deserved it based on what he had done thus far. What other school was coming after CBB with a 2-14 SEC record at the time? Fast forward two years and now some are considering it to have hamstrung the athletic director from making a move.
Firing CBB at this point, buyout aside, would be foolish, however it would seem that the UA is stuck with CBB at least two more years regardless of results.
Critiscm of Long for CBB’s recruiting seem foolish, but his needless (IMO) rush to ratchet up a buyout for a coach who hadn’t pissed a drop in two years deserves critiquing.