Here's my take on the Jeff Long raise and contract extension. It's tied in to why If I had to pick a probable coach today, I'm going with Butch Davis.
The timing of Long's extension and raise is kind of funny. My dad asked me if I think he has his guy locked up, and I say no. I believe JL used a slight and small timeframe of tremendous leverage. It's likely not a reward like most Hog fans think it was. I don't buy that JL hired a homerun and the BOT immediately bumped his salary and extended him 5 years.
It's one of 2 scenarios. JL went to the Chancellor and said "hey I've got so and so, ready to commit for a 5 yr deal at $22.5MM with a total kitty of $6MM for HC and assistants. BUT, he wants to make sure I'm solid, and I'm not leaving for Stanford or Miami, or all of these AD jobs that I'm being rumored to have interest in. Make me solid, and I can make the football program a top 10 team for a long time."
Scenario 2: JL was pretty much bludgeoned into hiring Mike Anderson by us fans. There was no other choice that would do. I wouldn't rule out Jim Lindsey and John Tyson getting a majority of BOT members on board for Butch Davis, and then expressing that if JL did not pull the trigger on Butch then his employment could not be guaranteed past his current contract. However, if he signed off on Butch, they'd double his pay and extend him 5 the length of Butch's contract.
just my 2 cents straight from my ass.
This post was edited on 11/17 at 11:38 pm