After Tennessee announced it had hired Cuonzo Martin as its new basketball coach last night, school athletic director Mike Hamilton felt the need to reach out to social media.
As you can see from the above screenshot of his official Twitter account, Hamilton proceeded to retweet positive media reaction to Tennessee’s Martin.
Okay I made that last one up.
Is it possible to buy a championship in college football? Tennessee’s sure trying. They’re spending absurd amount of money in the only place it’s legal: the coaching staff. Besides the $2 million due new head coach Lane Kiffin (more than he made in Oakland), the Volunteers are going to drop millions more on the assistants, including $150,000 for one who doesn’t even have a job yet.
Maybe the players play for school spirit, but no sport is more mercenary when it comes to coaching than college football. AD Mike Hamilton (who makes $315,000 himself) said the budget for coaches would increase “significantly” this year, but some of the numbers are truly ludicrous (and more than a little nepotistic.) Get ready to hate Tennessee even more, after the jump.