When Gene says he had a stack of names ready to go, he wasn't lying. There are only 120 head coaching jobs in college football. They are a precious commodity. And the nature of the business is that everyone throws their name in the ring. Because until this week, there had never been any downside to a coach doing so. You could be the most entrenched, richest, winningest coach, at your beloved Alma mater, living in Eden, have a perfectly happy home life and you'd still listen to a call from BC or have your friends or intermediaries float your name. It's Gene's job to separate the wheat from the chaff. Once things get serious, candidates have to look at the BC job for what it is and ask themselves: "do I want this?" Here are the pros and cons of taking a job at BC right now:
-- You can win here. Some in the coaching community thought TOB was a miracle worker for winning at BC. That made a few potential names skeptical of how good the job was last time around. If you are going to be thankful to Jags for anything, be thankful that he won. Now there are plenty of folks thinking, "If he won there, so can I."
-- Little to no booster pressure or media pressure. If you are reading this blog, you are into BC. I thank you for being here and am glad you share one of my passions. Unfortunately there are not enough of us. You know the reasons. Hopefully that will change, but we certainly don't make the head coach's life miserable. He won't spend months on the rubber chicken circuit. He can go to restaurants in Boston and not be recognized. Also, we have two beat writers who are generally soft in their coverage and their angles. The rest of the Boston media barely pays attention and the national media doesn't expect much from BC. Meaning that anything you do is going to be portrayed as the "little engine that could."
-- We will pay for good coordinators. A good coach will need a good staff. BC stepped up to the plate last time around. I expect them to do so this time around.
-- You'll have the most secure contract in America! Assuming he keeps his nose clean, the next BC coach will get to complete the length of his contract...regardless of on the field results. I don't think any of us want that. I don't even know if Gene really wants that, but his stance just painted us into that corner.
-- You have an involved AD. Gene might give the next guy more breathing room, but I doubt it. Old habits die hard. Last time around Gene had a strong say in staffing. I expect him to do so again. So the new coach will have to take on at least a few of the current staff.
-- You cannot leave for the length of your contract. The flip side of the security is that Gene is clearly going to bake in strict job movement and interview clauses. That will scare some guys off.
I didn't get into things like recruiting with restrictions or the cost of living in Boston. Every program has its own unique qualities that intrigue or turn off potential candidates. I didn't mention salary either. No one is going to come for less than they are currently making. BC has been middle market on salary, so don't expect coaches in the SEC making $3 Mil a year to pack their bags this weekend.
For this exercise I wanted to get into things that are unique to the profession and taking this job right now.
Given the above the search will likely narrow to internal guys, guys who know Gene, or coaches desperate for a spot in a BCS conference.