As some of you may be aware, Michigan recently had a DC leave Michigan for a HC job. Now that my rage at that event has subsided a bit, I got to thinking about the contracts that coaches work under, both HC's and assistants.
It's common knowledge that many HC contracts contain substantial buy-out provisions to discourage a coach leaving before his contract is up and to provide a level of income security for the coach in the event that he is fired.
What I'm wondering is why the school's don't add in a non-compete clause to the contracts? Not something so broad as to say you can't be a coach anywhere after you leave, but maybe something that would prevent a coach from taking a position at direct competitor?
It would seem to give the school hiring a coach from a rival a distinct competitive advantage due to the institutional knowledge the coach brings with him.