I was surprised to hear that a Briles would be hired. However, if I were to give up my tickets, it would be because UH has finally priced me out of college football (and we are getting to that point).
My thoughts on the hire: College Football is about winning. BCS / CFP / TV Contracts / Boosters have made it this way. It’s business. There are many CEOs, VPs, etc. that are not good people and have many skeletons in their closet but as long as business is good… I am not saying UH was right to hire Briles but this is where we are now in the sport. No one on this site was talking about how Major should stay because he is a good leader for the young men and preparing them for life after football. For several, it was all about getting to 9 wins or more next season or he is done.
And how much has been paid out in buyouts for coaches’ contracts this offseason?
Didn’t the school up the road commit $75M to a coach this offseason?
Isn’t there a former coach who loves to have the hardest Spring practices in history that may or may not be leading to an unusually high rate of concussions for his players?
I am guessing there are many things about big-time college athletics that I don’t want to know about – this hire just happens to be something that is on the surface and cannot be kept under wraps. We can pretend that nothing has changed about college football over the last few decades but we have been heading down this path for a long time. For some maybe this hire finally pushed the needle to “Win at all costs” but I think we probably reached that phase before now.
This story will blow over when the next controversial story comes up and it won’t take long. If UH can build its brand and be attractive enough in the next round of realignment, it may not be as lucrative as it is now to be a P5 but it could still put UH in the Have’s. I trust Khator in this decision (unless she leaves in the next year). I don’t have a track record with the new AD and I figure a casino-running BOR Chair has more than his share of skeletons that KB’s background did not make him flinch.
I guess we at least have an interesting offseason to look forward to this year…