Friday, December 15, 2006
Words of Wisdom for Alabama Fans
Can't wait to see the tab that consultant Chuck Neinas turns in for conducting the coaching search for Alabama. Neinas has carved quite a niche for himself and it's a lucrative one at that. Not that we can fault a man for wanting to make a buck, but isn't finding a coach the responsibility of the athletic director or a university search committee? Thus we hold Crimson Tide A.D. Mal Moore responsible. But Moore is not alone. USA Today reported this week that Neinas has had a hand in several coaching moves this season, including Randy Shannon being named the new coach at Miami. Of course, Shannon was already on the university payroll as Hurricane defensive coordinator. And you're telling us that Miami A.D. Paul Dee had to call Neinas to find this out? Appears to be the case. ... How much does Neinas make per search? The going rate is between $30,000-$40,000. Of course, we point to our post of Jan. 29, which linked the fine work by Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune. In a span of 18 months, Neinas billed San Diego State $76,496.36, which Smith College professor Andrew Zimbalist called "hilarious." And don't forget that Neinas' son, Toby, was hired at a $108,000 salary by San Diego State to coach tight ends. There's more if you start digging. ... That brings us back to Alabama. Regardless of what happened with Rich Rodriguez, Alabama is still without a coach. It appears even Neinas' pricey influence can't solve this brewing fiasco.
Posted by dawizofodds at 1:27 AM