sounds like a crappy job to me thenI'll say this and then catch heat from many in here i'm sure
but the arizona job is VERY comparable to the tech job, in terms of stature, players, program strength. academically arizona isn't as strong but it is a much bigger school
Tech does have a talent gap.crew only proves my point. if you lined up all of tech's great players over the last 15 years, the number and quality would probably look very comparable to arizona. but i guess we needed a gimmick offense to bridge the recruiting gap as well, right?
The first question: How much is Arizona willing to pay? Stoops' $1.4 million annual salary sounds great for most of us, but is fairly middling among marquee coaches. And beyond Stoops' replacement, you have to pay a coaching staff. Salaries for assistant coaches have gone way up, well beyond what Stoops' staff was paid.
Top name you will hear: Boise State's Chris Petersen. Three words: Huge long shot.
Second name: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Three words: Huge long shot.
Just because Byrne knows Petersen and Mullen doesn't mean either is eager to bolt to an uncertain situation.
Other names: Former Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach and former All-American Ricky Hunley.
All three of those guys would raise enthusiastic eyebrows. Each has plenty to offer.