Les Miles Extension: When Will an Athletic Director Call a Coach's Bluff?
BY MICHAEL FELDER (NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL LEAD WRITER) ON NOVEMBER 29, 2012 2,268 reads 10
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Gimme all your moneys!
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According to ESPN, head coach Les Miles and LSU agreed on a seven-year contract and a pay raise Wednesday. But hopefully an athletic director will have the nerve to call a coach's bluff in the future.
Not because I care that schools are overpaying coaches. Not because I do not want coaches to get raises. Hell, not even because I do not enjoy seeing athletic directors get duped and panic. To be honest, if you can get paid, get paid.
No, I want to see this happen because I think it will be one of the biggest game-changers on the collegiate landscape. It would shift the power dynamic, and that would be quite intriguing to see.
Look, it is the same tactic that coaches use on recruits and players on a near daily basis. If you do not want to play for me, on my terms, then there is this kid over here who will gladly do those things. Coaches cut bait if a kid becomes too much trouble or if a recruit is requiring more work than he's worth.