New thought. Fire Andy Kennedy.
If we want to win basketball games, we're going to have to drop some serious dough on a good coach.
It all seems so simple now. I thought we needed a new arena to attract a good coach. "Who would want to coach in this dump?" I thought blasphemously. I was moping around, damning my luck, when it hit me- we don't need new facilities. We need money.
You don't need a fancy arena to win basketball games. You need a good coach. And coaches don't care about facilities. They care about money.
We've got money. Forward Together has raised $13,689,000 for a new arena. If it doesn't already issue a disclaimer to donors that reserves the right to move money as it sees fit, then it can go back to donors and ask permission to reappropriate their donations. Surely a number of those donors would be willing to allow that money to go to a good coach instead of an arena.
Now we're in business. The average salary for a head basketball coach in the SEC is about $1.95 million. So we could pay the average SEC head coach's with the arena money for four years even if 40% of the donors weren't willing to allow their donations to be repurposed. And that number doesn't take into account the fact that our athletic department has money budgeted for a head basketball coach already.
Just add Andy Kennedy's $1.4 million to that arena money and you've got enough to pay a coach $3.35 million for four years. That's Billy Donovan money.
Gregg Marshall wouldn't take $2 million to go to Nebraska. Do you think he'd take $3 million to come to Ole Miss? (Do you think he's worth it? If not, who is?)
So let's stick with the Tad Pad. Sure, we can't always keep the lights on, but who cares? We're not a Motel 6. And when the Tad Pad full, it's a tough place to play on the road. And with the right coach it will always be full.