You Think College Coaches Get Paid Too Much? Nah

You have all heard about the Miami Hurricanes’ recent troubles, and have heard that Orson Charles was named in the Yahoo Sports report.  Personally, I don’t think anything will come out of this in regards to Orson, and I think he will be playing in the GA Dome come September 3rd. 

Can you imagine Mark Richt last night?  Coming home from a long day of practice, not getting much sleep trying to figure out to stop the high powered Boise State offense.  He drowns in the bottle…warm milk is the only thing that puts him to sleep these days.  Kathryn tries to get him to stop, but he just can’t.  Coach Richt is passed out in his easy chair with a crusty milk mustache.   His phone rings, and it is Claude Felton.

“Coach, have you heard about your Alma Mater?”

“No Claude, I was having a nightmare about being an ESPN analyst next season and being paired with Urban Meyer…and him calling a timeout in the middle of the segment to rub it in he is better than me.”

“Damn Mark, I told you to lay off the warm milk before bedtime.  You know what it does.  Anyway, there is a big story.  Miami is in deep doo doo with a booster.  Big money for booze, women, even abortions.” 

“Ok Claude, but when I played, I didn’t get any of that stuff.  I wasn’t a very good QB in college, remember?  It was all Jim Kelly this, Jim Kelly that.”

“I know Mark, but Orson Charles, the only real offensive threat we have to replace A.J. Green, was named in the report.  Something he did while in high school, before he was a UGA commit could cause him not to be eligable for the Boise State game-or longer.”

only the sound of gulping milk

In college, coaches have to worry about so much more.  Mark Richt’s livelihood is determined by how a bunch of 19-20 year olds perform and react…not only on the field, but off.  If 5 star tailback doesn’t go to class, if your 5 star reciever sells a game worn jersey, if your 5 star linebacker could be ruled ineligable for recieving shady benefits in highschool before he was a UGA recruit, and if another 5 star linebacker gets in a scooter acident, it all has an effect on the on field performance of the team Mark Richt coaches and is accountable for. 

Look at all these NCAA infractions.  Most of these coaches are oblivious to what their student athletes are doing with agents.  If a guy solicits A.J. Green on Facebook, how is Mark Richt supposed to stop it.  If an agent comes to Marcell Dareus and invites him to a party in Miami, how is Nick Saban supposed to stop it?

All of these stupid decisions that a 19-20 year old makes has a reflection on the head coach.  Some instances, the head coach can prevent it.  Some cases he can’t.  

But folks ask all the time why college coaches get paid so much.  Just think about the helpless feeling Al Golden has today, and the helpless feeling that so many coaches (including Mark Richt) felt last summer, and then you will get your answer. 

It’s hazard pay.



3 Responses to “You Think College Coaches Get Paid Too Much? Nah”

  1. 1 Tuxedodawg August 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I was sitting at my desk reading this on my phone to avoid browser history and I literally laughed out loud at “only the sound of gulping milk.”

    Very nice post.

  2. 2 Ericdawg August 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I still believe that Mark Richt should decide to use Golf Carts instead of scooters.

  3. 3 Robert K. Burnham (@robertkburnham) August 22, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Excellent post and excellent points. I would hate to think that my multi million dollar salary and career hinged on the actions of a bunch of 18 to 21 year olds . Would be losing lots of sleep.

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