- Seattle, WA
Considering the budget constraints and odd timing of the buyout drop, perhaps the best mid/long-term solution is to hire a consultant to evaluate every coach on the current staff. We find which coach (whether it be a coordinator or position coach) is the most competent at his job. Then we offer that coach a one-year contract as Geoff Collins’ replacement. It would allow us to lower the buyout while retaining continuity, that assistant would get an opportunity to prove himself as a head coach, and then if it doesn’t work out, we will be better equipped financially to offer more competitive salaries to a new coaching staff. We would probably be in for another rough year, but that’s the cost of firing Collins. If we’re not willing to do what needs to be done to get the finances to hire a better head coach and staff, then we’ll just be watching the same or worse results while the Athletic Association digs itself into further debt.