Editor’s Note: Fizzy wrote this BEFORE the press conference but we did not see this until a day before. His points are still well-taken here.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Once more, the alarm clock sounded at 6AM, and the Temple athletic director groggily got to his feet. Stumbling to the mirror and looking at himself, he groaned. Not again, he thought. For the fourth time in recent years, another school stole our head football coach. Not only that, but he took the first plane to Georgia Tech and won’t even stay to coach our bowl game. The athletic director shook his head as his thoughts continued to flow. And we have no head coach to meet our recruits, so who knows how many we’ll lose?
The above scenario is quite familiar to Temple football fans, as well as those from many other universities across the country. Run by the big “Power Five” schools, the impotent NCAA does absolutely nothing to preclude student football players of less wealthy schools from getting the shaft. After a letter of complaint I sent years ago, the executive director of the NCAA responded by basically saying it was illegal to restrain someone from working wherever they wanted.
As General McAuliffe said in the Battle of the Bulge in WW II… “Nuts!”
For example, my oldest son works for a large corporation and I asked him if he was looking around. He said, sure, but I can’t go to the companies most likely to hire me because I signed a “non-compete letter.” When I questioned its legality, he said his company sued a person who left for a new job and won. Perhaps Temple should have its new coach sign a non-compete agreement and see what happens at the next Groundhog Day.
There are other remedies. In the NFL, coaches can’t leave unless they receive a promotion. Head coach to head coach in the Football Bowl Championship Division is not a promotion. Head coaches would have to fulfill their contracts… imagine that. At least, the NCAA could also punish the hiring school by saying if you steal a coach under contract you lose the opportunity to go bowling games or win the championship of your conference. Without question, coaches should have to stay until the end of the season.
Turning this around, maybe Temple is losing a business opportunity. They could go in the head football coach training business (Ph.D. in Football) and earn a substantial fee.
Tomorrow: Press Conference Reaction
Monday: Where Did We Hear This Before?