SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Big bucks not to coach

Published: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 05:59 PM.

Whenever I read about a Division I college football coach being fired, I question my career choices.

What would have happened if I pursued coaching instead of writing sports? Would I have had what it takes to reach the top of the profession and demand the major bucks top coaches and assistants make?

I asked myself those questions again over the weekend after the University of Florida head coach, Will Muschamp, fired Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease. Pease reportedly was making $600,000 a year, had two years left on his contract and will be paid $1.2 million to leave the Florida program.

It amazes me that Pease — who in two seasons coached offenses that finished in the bottom quarter of big-time football programs — is still walking away with his pockets full of cash.

You could argue that Pease should return part of his salary to the university after the Gators finished dead last in total offense in the Southeastern Conference this season, and 112th in offense of a 123 Bowl Championship Series teams.

In the real world, if someone doesn't do their job, they get fired. In rare cases, they might get a month's severance pay.

In the world of college athletics, if a coach is fired, he gets the remainder of his contract.

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