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   Posted: 1/12/2022 6:27:24 AM 
L.C. wrote:
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Can you explain why it's justified to pay football coaches more at a school that operates its football program at a loss?


Because it’s not a loss. It’s for student, alum, community, customer etc. engagement and PR. At many schools it’s like 2% -3% of overall budget and school leaders and alums/donors/students/ communities don’t mind dedicating funding to it. Folks have been predicting the end of the NCAA and college sports for years and years now. It’s gonna keep surviving because the universities (leaders, students, alums, donors, community) want it to.



This isn't quite an answer. It's a sentiment, and one I understand and agree with for the most part. But to be more specific about what I'm asking: why is it necessary to spend $600k on a football coach to accomplish all of the above instead of, say, $350k?

Given the level we compete at in the MAC, I'm not sure I see the justification of increasing salaries over the last 10 years.

I'm just curious, but why do you favor the kids being paid what they are "worth", i.e., what the market will pay, but oppose paying coaches what they are "worth"?



With players, people are trying to legislate away their ability to get paid at all. Nowhere am I suggesting legislating coaching pay, or limiting the market in any way. I'm just asking someone to explain where 600k in value comes from at OU. I hire people all the time. Offering them 75k because that's how I value the contribution I'm asking them to make doesn't make me anti-free market because I'm not offering them 150k. It is, in fact, me establishing the demand side of the market.

You're suggesting there's hypocrisy in my stance, and I don't think there is. I think there's far more in pointing to the efficacy of the free market in coaching salaries while complaining about the NIL hurting competitive balance and trying to get rid of it. In one scenario people are trying to completely eliminate a market. I assure you that group are not the ones in favor of a free market here.

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   Posted: 1/12/2022 6:32:18 AM 
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He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?
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   Posted: 1/12/2022 4:51:33 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
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He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?


I'm saying Albin is market rate for a MAC coach and there is not much to more to skim off his salary. The large FCS programs are paying 400k. There is no move down to recoup revenue argument to be had.


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  Message Not Read  RE: You wanted players paid....Well you've got it
   Posted: 1/12/2022 8:07:54 PM 
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:


He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?


I'm saying Albin is market rate for a MAC coach and there is not much to more to skim off his salary. The large FCS programs are paying 400k. There is no move down to recoup revenue argument to be had.


Yeah, I'm asking why that's the market rate for a MAC coach. I don't understand it, and the market for MAC coaches seems to be a pretty irrational market.

When you google MAC Football Coaching salaries, the first thing that comes up is a list from -- I think -- 2007. It's interesting to see.

At that point, the two highest comp'd coaches were Solich and Al Golden, making 400k and 575k respectively. Doug Martin and Mike Hayward at Kent and Miami made 170k and 200k as the two lowest paid coaches in the league. The average salary was just 301k.

By 2019, the average salary is 579k. There's a coach making over 2x what Golden made in 2007, and a few making 800k.

Did the economics of MAC football really change that drastically in 12 years? What am I missing that caused the average salary to nearly 2X?

As for whether we're paying "market rate", I guess we are if you define the market as the MAC. But it seems like there are a whole lot of capable football coaches out there who make a whole lot less. When Maine won the CAA a few years ago, their coach was making 153k. I'm not convinced OU would win the CAA. You're telling me we -- and the rest of the MAC -- couldn't recruit away good FCS coaches for 350k? It seems like the conference so until a few years ago. I don't think I understand what we gain by defining the market so narrowly.

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  Message Not Read  RE: You wanted players paid....Well you've got it
   Posted: 1/12/2022 8:28:55 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:


He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?


I'm saying Albin is market rate for a MAC coach and there is not much to more to skim off his salary. The large FCS programs are paying 400k. There is no move down to recoup revenue argument to be had.


Yeah, I'm asking why that's the market rate for a MAC coach. I don't understand it, and the market for MAC coaches seems to be a pretty irrational market.

When you google MAC Football Coaching salaries, the first thing that comes up is a list from -- I think -- 2007. It's interesting to see.

At that point, the two highest comp'd coaches were Solich and Al Golden, making 400k and 575k respectively. Doug Martin and Mike Hayward at Kent and Miami made 170k and 200k as the two lowest paid coaches in the league. The average salary was just 301k.

By 2019, the average salary is 579k. There's a coach making over 2x what Golden made in 2007, and a few making 800k.

Did the economics of MAC football really change that drastically in 12 years? What am I missing that caused the average salary to nearly 2X?

As for whether we're paying "market rate", I guess we are if you define the market as the MAC. But it seems like there are a whole lot of capable football coaches out there who make a whole lot less. When Maine won the CAA a few years ago, their coach was making 153k. I'm not convinced OU would win the CAA. You're telling me we -- and the rest of the MAC -- couldn't recruit away good FCS coaches for 350k? It seems like the conference so until a few years ago. I don't think I understand what we gain by defining the market so narrowly.


The MAC can do it for 500k. Its an FBS conference and a step up from CAA football. Compare the facilities in the MAC to the CAA. Compare the schedules in the MAC to the CAA. Does Maine have West Virginia coming to town?

If Ohio was in FCS it wouldn't be a Maine, it would be a JMU type program with one of the biggest stadiums in FCS and a Top 5 recruiting state. It would benchmark against the top of the subdivision not the bottom. Idaho moved down to FCS and their coach is making 446k.

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   Posted: 1/12/2022 9:02:44 PM 
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:


He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?


I'm saying Albin is market rate for a MAC coach and there is not much to more to skim off his salary. The large FCS programs are paying 400k. There is no move down to recoup revenue argument to be had.


Yeah, I'm asking why that's the market rate for a MAC coach. I don't understand it, and the market for MAC coaches seems to be a pretty irrational market.

When you google MAC Football Coaching salaries, the first thing that comes up is a list from -- I think -- 2007. It's interesting to see.

At that point, the two highest comp'd coaches were Solich and Al Golden, making 400k and 575k respectively. Doug Martin and Mike Hayward at Kent and Miami made 170k and 200k as the two lowest paid coaches in the league. The average salary was just 301k.

By 2019, the average salary is 579k. There's a coach making over 2x what Golden made in 2007, and a few making 800k.

Did the economics of MAC football really change that drastically in 12 years? What am I missing that caused the average salary to nearly 2X?

As for whether we're paying "market rate", I guess we are if you define the market as the MAC. But it seems like there are a whole lot of capable football coaches out there who make a whole lot less. When Maine won the CAA a few years ago, their coach was making 153k. I'm not convinced OU would win the CAA. You're telling me we -- and the rest of the MAC -- couldn't recruit away good FCS coaches for 350k? It seems like the conference so until a few years ago. I don't think I understand what we gain by defining the market so narrowly.


The MAC can do it for 500k. Its an FBS conference and a step up from CAA football. Compare the facilities in the MAC to the CAA. Compare the schedules in the MAC to the CAA. Does Maine have West Virginia coming to town?

If Ohio was in FCS it wouldn't be a Maine, it would be a JMU type program with one of the biggest stadiums in FCS and a Top 5 recruiting state. It would benchmark against the top of the subdivision not the bottom. Idaho moved down to FCS and their coach is making 446k.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/nov/18/report-idah... /


I'm not being clear about my point, I think. It's not that Ohio would be Maine were we an FBS school, or about whether or not MAC schools can technically afford to pay an average salary of 500k. I get they can. They're doing it.

The question I'm asking is why we do so, and why the market rate for MAC coaches has 2x'd in a decade and why it's necessary in a world where there are good coaches we could recruit making 150k at a level just below us. I'm struggling to see how 2x'ing football coaching salaries has been a good investment for the league.
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  Message Not Read  RE: You wanted players paid....Well you've got it
   Posted: 1/12/2022 9:16:42 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
Club Hyatt wrote:


He wants FCS but what he doesn't understand is that Ohio would be one of the biggest programs for that subdivision and still be paying a half a million for a football coach. The only difference is it would be millions less revenue than competing in an FBS conference. The current situation for Ohio is as good as it gets for a mid major program.

The question I think is what to do about keeping Jeff Boals. Groce was offered $750k to stay in Athens back in 2012 so I could see a bigger salary coming for Boals eventually. He's worth the coin when you see where he's taking the program.


I suggested that OU could pay a coach 350k. It was a wild guess. It also happens to be the exact salary JMU paid their coach in the first year of his contract.

Since, he's been paid more, because he's earned it. You're suggesting that OU would, by necessity, need to pay a coach as much or more than anybody else? Why?


I'm saying Albin is market rate for a MAC coach and there is not much to more to skim off his salary. The large FCS programs are paying 400k. There is no move down to recoup revenue argument to be had.


Yeah, I'm asking why that's the market rate for a MAC coach. I don't understand it, and the market for MAC coaches seems to be a pretty irrational market.

When you google MAC Football Coaching salaries, the first thing that comes up is a list from -- I think -- 2007. It's interesting to see.

At that point, the two highest comp'd coaches were Solich and Al Golden, making 400k and 575k respectively. Doug Martin and Mike Hayward at Kent and Miami made 170k and 200k as the two lowest paid coaches in the league. The average salary was just 301k.

By 2019, the average salary is 579k. There's a coach making over 2x what Golden made in 2007, and a few making 800k.

Did the economics of MAC football really change that drastically in 12 years? What am I missing that caused the average salary to nearly 2X?

As for whether we're paying "market rate", I guess we are if you define the market as the MAC. But it seems like there are a whole lot of capable football coaches out there who make a whole lot less. When Maine won the CAA a few years ago, their coach was making 153k. I'm not convinced OU would win the CAA. You're telling me we -- and the rest of the MAC -- couldn't recruit away good FCS coaches for 350k? It seems like the conference so until a few years ago. I don't think I understand what we gain by defining the market so narrowly.


The MAC can do it for 500k. Its an FBS conference and a step up from CAA football. Compare the facilities in the MAC to the CAA. Compare the schedules in the MAC to the CAA. Does Maine have West Virginia coming to town?

If Ohio was in FCS it wouldn't be a Maine, it would be a JMU type program with one of the biggest stadiums in FCS and a Top 5 recruiting state. It would benchmark against the top of the subdivision not the bottom. Idaho moved down to FCS and their coach is making 446k.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/nov/18/report-idah... /


I'm not being clear about my point, I think. It's not that Ohio would be Maine were we an FBS school, or about whether or not MAC schools can technically afford to pay an average salary of 500k. I get they can. They're doing it.

The question I'm asking is why we do so, and why the market rate for MAC coaches has 2x'd in a decade and why it's necessary in a world where there are good coaches we could recruit making 150k at a level just below us. I'm struggling to see how 2x'ing football coaching salaries has been a good investment for the league.


It allows you to bring in a quality FCS coach as EMU did with Creighton.

Something like that would be fine for Ohio post Albin.


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   Posted: 1/12/2022 9:19:42 PM 
Wait for it . . .

. . . "c'mon Club Hyatt, you're not answering my question."
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   Posted: 1/12/2022 9:44:52 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
I'm not being clear about my point, I think. It's not that Ohio would be Maine were we an FBS school, or about whether or not MAC schools can technically afford to pay an average salary of 500k. I get they can. They're doing it.

The question I'm asking is why we do so, and why the market rate for MAC coaches has 2x'd in a decade and why it's necessary in a world where there are good coaches we could recruit making 150k at a level just below us. I'm struggling to see how 2x'ing football coaching salaries has been a good investment for the league.

I will give you a direct answer. When I hire someone, I know what the market is, and what I will have to offer to get the quality of person that I need. MAC salaries are no different, and they have doubled because they move in the free market, and the schools have bid up the price that must necessarily be paid to get the quality of coach they want. In case you hadn't noticed, salaries for coaches have gone up at all levels, not just in the MAC.

What is a coach "worth"? How do you determine that? That's for the free market to decide, and I won't even venture a guess. I admit that I'm half tempted to post a poll, though, and ask this: "If some high school coach from near Athens, with no college coaching experience whatsoever, could be hired for $250,000, would the fans support such a hire in order to save money."

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   Posted: 1/13/2022 9:31:36 AM 
It is unbelievable. I can’t believe any MAC program is making money. Just tune into any MACtion game on ESPN. You can count the attendance on one hand. I think it stems from a belief that “ if we pay our coach more money, we’ll elevate the program”. Nope.
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   Posted: 1/13/2022 10:51:57 AM 
L.C. wrote:

I will give you a direct answer. When I hire someone, I know what the market is, and what I will have to offer to get the quality of person that I need. MAC salaries are no different, and they have doubled because they move in the free market, and the schools have bid up the price that must necessarily be paid to get the quality of coach they want. In case you hadn't noticed, salaries for coaches have gone up at all levels, not just in the MAC.


It just feels pretty arbitrary to me to define the market so narrowly and base it entirely on pay at the 11 other schools in the conference. That Toledo thinks 45-27 with a single conference championship in 7 seasons is worth 1 million a year doesn't strike me as a particularly good reason to increase our pay.

L.C. wrote:

What is a coach "worth"? How do you determine that? That's for the free market to decide, and I won't even venture a guess.


L.C. wrote:

I admit that I'm half tempted to post a poll, though, and ask this: "If some high school coach from near Athens, with no college coaching experience whatsoever, could be hired for $250,000, would the fans support such a hire in order to save money."


Are you suggesting there are no metrics that can be used to determine the (very often) highest paid (or second highest paid, maybe) employee brings to a University? If so, I'm doubling down on my stance that coaching salaries are a completely irrational market.

In theory, sports are a loss leader at most schools that increase alumni engagement, which leads to alumni donations. That seems like a pretty clear metric one can use to measure a coaches worth, and you should see a pretty clear correlation between wins and losses and alumni giving. I'd be surprised if that's not the case. I don't think it's an impossible task to value the worth of a football coach.

L.C. wrote:

I admit that I'm half tempted to post a poll, though, and ask this: "If some high school coach from near Athens, with no college coaching experience whatsoever, could be hired for $250,000, would the fans support such a hire in order to save money."


At what point did anybody suggest hiring a local high school coach?

The one example I provided is that Maine won a very competitive FCS conference -- one that's had recent national champions in JMU and Richmond -- with a coach making $150k. The point's that there's a whole market of presumably capable coaches outside of the MAC, being paid much less, who are part of the free market for coaches and hirable for less than MAC schools have begun paying. There's a lot of space between Jason Candle's salary and $150k.

Is there anybody here that wants to make the case that MAC schools are getting their money's worth for these coaches and there aren't dozens of hungry, capable coaches who could well out-perform Tim Albin that could be hired for less? That MAC's made their bed and set the market too high. But because they did so doesn't make it smart, and to pretend the only other alternative is to pay a high school coach $150k is pretty disingenuous.

Our record against FCS schools over the last 6 years since 2016 is a whopping 3-2, with a close win over Howard keeping us above .500. And we're not scheduling top 25 teams at that level, for good reason. As Hyatt pointed out, we have greater resources, much better facilities, and substantially larger coaching budgets. And yet on the field our program may not be better than the top FCS schools, and is has lost to mediocre FCS schools over the last few years.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical that our budget helps the league hire the best of the best, and that there's not opportunity to perform just as well spending less.



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Our record against FCS schools over the last 6 years since 2016 is a whopping 3-2, with a close win over Howard keeping us above .500. And we're not scheduling top 25 teams at that level, for good reason. As Hyatt pointed out, we have greater resources, much better facilities, and substantially larger coaching budgets. And yet on the field our program may not be better than the top FCS schools, and is has lost to mediocre FCS schools over the last few years.







Who did we lose to besides Duquesne? Didn't Solich go unbeaten against the other subdivision? (Although Howard probably should've been a loss. There was a questionable non-call for pass interference on Howard's last possession.)


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Who did we lose to besides Duquesne? Didn't Solich go unbeaten against the other subdivision? (Although Howard probably should've been a loss. There was a questionable non-call for pass interference on Howard's last possession.)


Oh, my mistake here. I thought Texas State was still FCS when we played them.

3-1, it turns out.
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   Posted: 1/13/2022 3:55:43 PM 
Bobcat Love's Sense of Shame wrote:
L.C. wrote:

I will give you a direct answer. When I hire someone, I know what the market is, and what I will have to offer to get the quality of person that I need. MAC salaries are no different, and they have doubled because they move in the free market, and the schools have bid up the price that must necessarily be paid to get the quality of coach they want. In case you hadn't noticed, salaries for coaches have gone up at all levels, not just in the MAC.


It just feels pretty arbitrary to me to define the market so narrowly and base it entirely on pay at the 11 other schools in the conference. That Toledo thinks 45-27 with a single conference championship in 7 seasons is worth 1 million a year doesn't strike me as a particularly good reason to increase our pay.

L.C. wrote:

What is a coach "worth"? How do you determine that? That's for the free market to decide, and I won't even venture a guess.


L.C. wrote:

I admit that I'm half tempted to post a poll, though, and ask this: "If some high school coach from near Athens, with no college coaching experience whatsoever, could be hired for $250,000, would the fans support such a hire in order to save money."


Are you suggesting there are no metrics that can be used to determine the (very often) highest paid (or second highest paid, maybe) employee brings to a University? If so, I'm doubling down on my stance that coaching salaries are a completely irrational market.

In theory, sports are a loss leader at most schools that increase alumni engagement, which leads to alumni donations. That seems like a pretty clear metric one can use to measure a coaches worth, and you should see a pretty clear correlation between wins and losses and alumni giving. I'd be surprised if that's not the case. I don't think it's an impossible task to value the worth of a football coach.

L.C. wrote:

I admit that I'm half tempted to post a poll, though, and ask this: "If some high school coach from near Athens, with no college coaching experience whatsoever, could be hired for $250,000, would the fans support such a hire in order to save money."


At what point did anybody suggest hiring a local high school coach?

The one example I provided is that Maine won a very competitive FCS conference -- one that's had recent national champions in JMU and Richmond -- with a coach making $150k. The point's that there's a whole market of presumably capable coaches outside of the MAC, being paid much less, who are part of the free market for coaches and hirable for less than MAC schools have begun paying. There's a lot of space between Jason Candle's salary and $150k.

Is there anybody here that wants to make the case that MAC schools are getting their money's worth for these coaches and there aren't dozens of hungry, capable coaches who could well out-perform Tim Albin that could be hired for less? That MAC's made their bed and set the market too high. But because they did so doesn't make it smart, and to pretend the only other alternative is to pay a high school coach $150k is pretty disingenuous.

Our record against FCS schools over the last 6 years since 2016 is a whopping 3-2, with a close win over Howard keeping us above .500. And we're not scheduling top 25 teams at that level, for good reason. As Hyatt pointed out, we have greater resources, much better facilities, and substantially larger coaching budgets. And yet on the field our program may not be better than the top FCS schools, and is has lost to mediocre FCS schools over the last few years.

Forgive me if I'm skeptical that our budget helps the league hire the best of the best, and that there's not opportunity to perform just as well spending less.





I completely agree. Regarding alumns donating to the university because of football wins, I guess it happens, but that wouldn’t motivate me. I can think of a hundred causes more worthy of my donations.

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   Posted: 1/13/2022 8:39:31 PM 
Ohio participates in a “free” market for coaching salaries, not a “smart” market. Free doesn’t necessarily equate to smart.

Sure, Ohio’s spending a lot of $ on a coach. That being said the MAC is close to if not at the bottom for coaching salaries. Yes, it’s an expensive market. Sure it’s not smart to BLSOS to spend so much $ on a coach at Ohio (and maybe he’s right). Those who are in charge and who are the decision makers are of a different opinion, and whether we like it or not it’s their opinion, along with all the other decision makers participating in that free market, that count.

Free may not to equate smart and maybe at some point Ohio begs out of the college football arms race and says “no mas.” We’ll see. As with all things, time will tell.


P.S. Love this thread-a lot of good discussion here!!

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   Posted: 1/14/2022 11:51:50 AM 
It's a free market except for the players. It's getting closer for them.
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