The price of doing business. Colorado State shook things up in December 2011. It fired athletic director Paul Kowalczyk and hired Jack Graham, whose first task was to fire coach Steve Fairchild. The buyouts of Kowalczyk ($910,000) and Fairchild ($350,000) were bad enough, but Graham spent another $250,000 on the Spencer Stuart research firm to find a coach. Total bill: $1.510,000. Ouch!
Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain accepted the job a week later, and the Rams finished 4-8 in his first season. Indications are that McElwain has the program on an upward trend, but this multiple-year rebuilding project.
Thanks to Kyle.