It's part of our genetics to forget the bad things in the past.
Like Bo was paid a salary.
Another issue is the general ignorance of what a contract is supposed to do. It doesn't define morality, it defines a business transaction between two or more parties.
I imaging the WVU negotiation with RR went as such, "RR you have to coach for us, and we'll give you this annual salary for x number of years. But if you leave early, which is likely since we're such a po'dunk school then you will pay of 4 Million to make us feel better, well and to compensate for all the 'in Rod we trust' t-shirts that we were going to sell."
From tracking Brian's research, there was an article that described how the University of Michigan put 2.5 Million in holding at a bank back in December or January. In addition they made sure this was public knowledge so WVU knew what the starting point of the negotiation was.And while even Brian concluded that Michigan didn't win anything in the negotiation, they actually did. Instead of paying $4 Million up front, they pay $2.5 Million, and then RR pays $500k starting in 2010 I believe if I'm remembering the Detroit News article correctly.As any lottery winner knows, there's more value in Money Now than Money later.I'm too lazy to dig up my Net Present Value calculation from accounting class, but based on Bill Martin's business experience I'm willing to skip my doubt that he didn't end up with something better than $4 Million NOW.While I don't know if the Coach Selection process is better or worse than Brian projects it, I'm pretty confident that Bill Martin crafted his contract with RR and the issues with the WVU contract with his eyes wide open.I wonder how the press would have responded if Bill Martin had chosen to outbid LSU for Les Miles. I don't think $4 Million up front was going to be enough, and I think Bill, whether on his sailboat or not, knew that he didn't want to get in a price battle with the SEC good old boys.Go back and find Mitch Albom's article on the Les Miles contract a day before the SEC Championship.As a Michigan Alum and a Man, (which would make me a Michigan Man I suppose) I feel a lot cleaner with Rich Rod, than anything to do with Les Miles.