SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Big bucks not to coach

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

But when you consider how few coaches make it to an elite program, you probably have a better chance of returning a missed Alabama field goal for a touchdown to win the Iron Bowl than you do landing one of the big jobs.

There are only about 40 elite programs with boosters in place to write a check, or series of checks, that equal $4-$5 million. Most college athletic programs struggle to stay above water financially, as the only teams that make money are usually football and men's basketball.

At some schools, such as Louisiana State, Florida State or South Carolina, baseball is a break-even or money-making sport. Some schools even make a little money off women's basketball, but those schools are the exception to the rule.

I know all the numbers and comprehend the realities, but it doesn't hurt to dream.

It's just too bad that dream check isn't real.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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