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Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 5:12 pm
 

The clear losers today in the coaching carousel are SMU and Arizona State. That’s two schools with coaches under contract.

That’s part of the problem.

The SMU administration already has taken back June Jones who dumped his employer of four years and had all but left for Arizona State last week. The ASU administration apparently learned nothing. It “quickly” went out – well, six days – and hired Todd Graham from Pittsburgh.  

The story is not that Graham stayed exactly 337 days with the Panthers. It's not that Arizona State took 17 days in a sun-splashed desert paradise to find a replacement for Dennis Erickson. 

It’s that either of these schools are actually honoring signed contracts. The guys they currently employ haven't. Graham has made the word “vagabond” seem like permanent employment over the course of his career. Carpetbaggers think he is disloyal.

Meanwhile, Jones has told SMU through his actions that he doesn’t want to be there. He knows that. The school knows that. Yet it has taken him back.

At some point, administrators are going to start treating coaches like free-lance workers. There will be no-compete clauses where coaches can’t talk to a potential employer. Their salaries will be end-of-the year retention bonuses. If a coach leaves within three years he owes a buyout: You name it, $2 million, $5 million, $10 million. It’s already been done.

Yes, coaches are not loyal. You’ll be reading a lot of that over the next several days. It has turned into an offseason angle du juor. But what about the schools? A week after the season ended, Texas A&M Bill Byrne was forced to fire Mike Sherman. The school president and a booster wanted change. They eventually got their man in Houston’s Kevin Sumlin.

That’s why coaches have buyouts too.

Shame on administrations, though, for repeating their mistakes. It’s often cited that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. What, then, about either school’s conduct tells anyone that they have changed?

Pittsburgh is Graham’s second school where he spent one season before bolting to the next best thing. Except in this case, going to Arizona State is a lateral move. At best. ASU traded a 6-6 coach (Erickson) for a 6-6 coach (Graham). The difference in the two jobs is the weather. Both Pittsburgh and Arizona State have been a chronic underachievers for years.

At least in Tempe, it’s a dry mediocrity.

If I’m an SMU player I have a hard time playing for Jones at this point. A coach who asked his athletes for dedication and loyalty has shown none. Even worse, Jones came back after swinging and missing at another job. Still worse, the school took him back.

I recommend you start following Pittsburgh receiver Devin Street on Twitter (@D_Street_15) for a street-level view.

Sample: I'm literally sick.. That man [Graham] pulled me in his office one on one and lied to me.

The poor players are caught in the crossfire. The Todd Grahams of the world have absolutely no remorse when they reportedly inform players of their departure by text. If the technology had been available when Dennis Franchione left Alabama he still wouldn’t have used it.

Simple human decency clauses need to be inserted in some of these contracts.

And the vicious circle continues. Wednesday’s magic number was 4: That’s the number of jobs Charlie Weis has held since December 2009. Also, the number of coaches Pittsburgh will have since December 2010 when it gets around to replacing Graham.

This is lovely karma for those who despise the actions of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg. His name has been cussed in Big East circles for three months now. After once pledging loyalty to the Big East, Nordenberg led a surreptitious move to the ACC in September.

What comes around, Markie Mark.

As Hypocrite Week continued, someone tweeted these words an Arizona State administrator as Graham was introduced: "What we sought in a football coach was someone who would be in it for the long term at Arizona State"

And no one laughed. 

Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:43 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Hey Puffdaddy; you are correct sir. The Burgh is a beautiful city, but the backwoods mentality of the area would be a bit depressing.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

I wouldn't trust some of these coaches in a  _hore-house with a "muzzle" on them.  They lie to better themselves once they have some success, and most do not play the "role model" they should play.  There are a handful of some of the more successful coaches in the BCS business who have stayed and built programs in a positive manner. Some of these active coaches are Frank Beamer, Jim Grobe, Bob Stoops, Bill Synder, Les Miles, Mike Gundy, Mark Richt, Steve Spurrier and a few others who have stayed at their respective institutions and have built good, consistant and solid programs. To build a good sustaining football program year in and year out; is to do it with a stable coaching staff and good facilities to compete. This is my opinion only. 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

The contracts for these coaches are just like toilet paper. Easily ripped up and most of the time they are full of shiz. Graham should be horse whipped for his actions. The Pitt players were shocked and angry. The players at Pitt are saying Graham straight up lied. Jones should have been fired. I give  Bo Schembechler, when he was the AD,  credit back in the day when he heard the basketball coach was talking to another school and he fired him right then and there. Then Schembechler gave a presser saying he wanted Michigan man to run the basketball program. That is what SMU should do but they won't.




Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

What actually makes this hypocritical is that players have to lose a year of eligibility to jump schools, but the coaches can skip around as much as they want.




Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Simple human decency clauses?  Since when have those been a part of any contract anywhere?  A lack of human decency is why we have contracts in the first place.  I agree that there are many coaches who abuse the system, their schools, and their players but we're fooling ourselves if we think nobody else in the sytem is doing the same thing.  The people who run the bowls are bent.  The people who play the game are often bent.  The ADs, school presidents, and conference bigwigs are all bent too.  If you can't handle it, QUIT WATCHING!!! 

By the way, from my point of view, most of the guys reporting on the game are just as bent as the rest of them.  The only difference is that they pretend to wear a halo.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

GIGators3631 you're crazy.  urban meyer bought two national championship to UF, you fool.  what did you expect, for him to stay 40 years just to make you happy.  he came, did a great job, then left. the next time Uf can find a coach who brings two NC in 6 years won't happen in your lifetime.  get over it and be happy with a great run.



Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Cry me big alligator tears.  Players commit, decommit, and some show up try hard but never play a down of football.  Coaches quit, get hired and get fired.  Put on your big-boy pants and look out for yourself because nobody else will.  That's the nature of the business and it's been that way for a long long time.  And accept these two certainties: Dennis Dodd is an idiot, and karma doesn't smooth things over in the end. 




Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Urban Meyer has taken all of this to a new level! He spoke of his loyalty and love for Florida and said that there was no place he would rather be, because he already had the best job in college football. He won championships withTebow and Asst. Coaches Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong; however, after they left, the program went down hill! It was proven that he can't coach as well as it appeared and the program started crumbling around him. He saw the writing on the wall and found a way to get out from under the rocks! In the end, he stuck a knife in the backs of Gator fans, by accepting the job at OSU. Then he twisted the knife by stealing UF's strength and conditioning coach and moved in on some of UF's top recruits. His legacy at UF is forever ruined! Most Gator fans do not want him to step foot back in Gainesville, much less, be placed in the Ring of Honor, where UF recognizes great Gators of the past. Don't get me wrong, most of us are glad he's gone. Once we realized the true mess he left at UF, we saw the need for him to move on. It's the way he did it that made most of us change our opinions. He was thought of as the greatest coach to ever coach at UF, right up to the day he accepted the OSU job. Once that happened, his reasoning for leaving UF came to be known and his popularity plummeted! We are glad to have Muschamp, who we believe will get us back to the top and we believe he truly loves being a Gator!
agreed, 2 championships or not I will never have a positive viewpoint on meyer. he is a lying scumbag who CAN NOT ever be trusted bc h says on ething and does the other. Dont wrry too much bc OSU will find that out too...All Urban cares about is Urban...and to be quite honest like you said, is meyer that great of a cach unless he is surrounded incredible talent, both playes and asst caoches. All of these supposed #1 recuiting classes - what have they amounted to...He won 2006 with Zook recruits and Tebow....he won 2008 bc of Tebow and Harvin....He alomst won the SEC and a possble championship bc of Tebow in 2009....Then the assistants get cherry picked and Tebow leaves and all of a sudden they are an 8-5 team with ZERO quality wins- ZERO ....I bet if they reevauated those #1 classes they wouldnt even be in the top 25 as classes go....Then Urban Liar leaves for the second time and leaves Muschamp with a probation like team(68 scholarships) and really a complete lack of talent....I mean this Gator team had very very few playmakers if any- and we can thank thall mighty Urban Liar for that....Basically no ,atter what he did for UF means very little today bc I absoluetly cant stand Meyer and I will puke if that a-hole gets any honors at UF....Noway we have a OSU coach in our ring- let the vests have him- they will be disappointed bc UF got a decent meyer bc he surrounded himself with great minds and talent - OSU gets our sloppy seconds but they are used to that anyways



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

They really need to put some limitations on hiring coaches in the weeks between the end of the regular season and the bowl season. I realize that bowl games are prime recruiting events and it's better for a team to have a permanent coach in place by then, but having all this go one before the season is even over isn't helping anyone. And this is coming from a Buckeyes fan who is thrilled that Ohio State signed Urban Meyer right after the regular season ended. But, for the benefit of college football, they should stop teams from hiring new coaches until after the last bowl game is played.



Since: Dec 15, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Hypocrite Week during coaching silly season

Urban Meyer has taken all of this to a new level! He spoke of his loyalty and love for Florida and said that there was no place he would rather be, because he already had the best job in college football. He won championships withTebow and Asst. Coaches Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong; however, after they left, the program went down hill! It was proven that he can't coach as well as it appeared and the program started crumbling around him. He saw the writing on the wall and found a way to get out from under the rocks! In the end, he stuck a knife in the backs of Gator fans, by accepting the job at OSU. Then he twisted the knife by stealing UF's strength and conditioning coach and moved in on some of UF's top recruits. His legacy at UF is forever ruined! Most Gator fans do not want him to step foot back in Gainesville, much less, be placed in the Ring of Honor, where UF recognizes great Gators of the past. Don't get me wrong, most of us are glad he's gone. Once we realized the true mess he left at UF, we saw the need for him to move on. It's the way he did it that made most of us change our opinions. He was thought of as the greatest coach to ever coach at UF, right up to the day he accepted the OSU job. Once that happened, his reasoning for leaving UF came to be known and his popularity plummeted! We are glad to have Muschamp, who we believe will get us back to the top and we believe he truly loves being a Gator!


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