Facts should ALWAYS override emotions when making any business decision!
I’m aware of how far the program has fallen behind with its facilities. But you’re putting the cart before the horse. A football only facility and stadium upgrades may be pretty to look at, but they’re not the best way to spend the money if you don’t already have a competent head coach in place. I can just hear Nick Saban and other opposing coaches asking a star recruit, “Would you rather have a pretty club house for the next 4 years or would you rather have wealth for the rest of your life?” Clemson has a new club house with a slide, but Bama has an extremely competent head coach and a trophy case full of hardware.
In fact, we’ve already been this route before. During the late 70’s when Doug Barfield was head coach, an upper deck was added to the stadium and it didn’t do a thing to help the program. It took Pat Dye, a competent head coach several years to get the mess straightened out. If you want a great example of how it should be done then look at the Auburn Swimming program during roughly the same time period. They akready had quality coaches and atheletes and then decided to invest in a new facility. It happened just like my AU swimmer room mate told me it would. Although he had long left the program, it proceeded to real off multiple nattys, at least until Jethro Jacobs ran off one of the best collegiate swimming coaches in the the history of the sport.
Yes, it’s easy to throw a lot of money that’s not yours into a stupid buyout, but the same can also be said for maintaining the status quo.
Did it ever occur to you that one of the main reasons that we’re in this mess is that the decision makers let their emotions enter into business decisions?
Jacobs absolutely gave away $5 million to Tommy Tuberville when he had already agreed to step down because he said “it was the right thing to do...” Then Jacobs and Leath gave Gus a new contract with a huge raise and an enormous buyout based on a highly questionable body of work. I’ll admit that I likely would have granted some concessions, but I’d have limited the term to 4 years with a reduced buyout and told Sexton if that wasn’t good enough then Gus should start packing.
If you think that pretty buildings are a better long term investment than a competent head coach, then more power to you. You can slather a pig in lipstick but at the end of the day it’s still just a pig.
I’m perfectly fine with Family All-in mantra is as long as it doesn’t enter into critical business decisions.