News, Notes & Quotes - Dec. 6

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 06, 2016

- The investment Purdue is making is clear in the money it will spend on coaches.

New head coach Jeff Brohm has a 6-year deal worth $20 million. That’s an average of $3.33 million. By comparison, Darrell Hazell made about $2.1 million this season.

The assistant salary pool will be $3.5 million, which is a big increase from $2.1 million in 2015 (the last available data). All together, that’s an increase of more than $2.5 million spent on coaches, to go with the new football building under construction.

- Three of the biggest “stepping-stone” FBS head coaching jobs are open, but that’s not a bad position to be in.

Houston, Cincinnati and Western Kentucky have produced a large number of Power 5 or high-level coaches over the past decade. There’s a lot to like for candidates.

The three schools have seen Art Briles, Kevin Sumlin, Tom Herman, Mark Dantonio, Brian Kelly, Butch Jones, Willie Taggart and now Jeff Brohm move up to bigger jobs, not to mention Bobby Petrino’s return to college football at WKU before going back to Louisville.

If you’re one of those schools, you’ve won consistently over several coaches. You don’t need to look for a coach who will try to stay. You need to look for a coach who will keep winning.

- P.J. Fleck’s options appear to be getting smaller.

He reportedly wasn’t interested in Purdue, and that job was filled by Jeff Brohm. On Monday night, The Oregonian’s John Canzano tweeted that Fleck didn’t get a formal interview with Oregon on Monday and that the door is closed there.

His name hasn’t been connected much with the Baylor and Houston jobs, with the lack of Texas ties. That would leave Cincinnati currently as the best possible option. WMU reportedly could double Fleck’s salary to as much as $2 million. Would Cincinnati be worth the jump? 

Fleck’s energetic style may not work everywhere. It’s also worth seeing what other jobs open. These things can always change quickly.

- Gregg Popovich gave a perfect answer when asked by a high school student if the Spurs would win the championship. This is a must-read.

Popovich took part in a forum with a Harvard professor at a San Antonio high school and answered questions from students about the state of the world and other topics. But one student asked if the Spurs would win the championship.

“Win the championship? I don’t know, but it’s not a priority in my life. I’d be much happier if I knew that my players were going to make society better, who had good families and who took care of the people around them. I’d get more satisfaction out of that than a title. I would love to win another championship, and we’ll work our butts off to try and do that.

“But we have to want more than success in our jobs. That’s why we’re here. We’re here so you’ll understand that you can overcome obstacles by being prepared and if you educate the hell out of yourself. If you become respectful, disciplined people in this world, you can fight anything. If you join with each other and you believe in yourself and each other, that’s what matters. That’s what we want to relay to you all: that we believe that about you or we wouldn’t be here.”

- Check out these awesome uniforms Army will break out for Navy this weekend.

- Take a behind-the-scenes look at the ACC Championship with Virginia Tech, including Justin Fuente’s locker room message.

“Everybody wanted us to show up, play for a couple quarters and then go home. We didn’t play like that.”

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to