December's arrival is important month for UTAD, or better its coffers, as it marks the final time they'll cut a $104,167 monthly check to [ddiapos] for his buyout, now some four (4) years after being fired. We've paid him $104,167.00 a month. Each month. For four years. Four. Years. $104,167.00 x 48 months = $5,000,016.00 When you consider the additional and compensatory amounts that UTAD paid for Dooley, the total staggeringly swells: Link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ee-volunteers-derek-dooley-dave-hart/1713101/ That's $11M dollars, total, and $3.9M/year that we've spent in payment to [ddiapos] for his three miserably failed years at Tennessee. Say what you want about [ddiapos], but this is a man who took over a program that was already in a 4-8 year slide (depending upon your definition of "slide"), a fan base still freshly torn in two over a messy and painful divorce with its much-beloved head coach, still reeling in the immediate and shocking aftermath of having watched his replacement essentially leave in the middle of the night and after just a single season at the helm, who sat stunned as we watched his single but highly-vaunted recruiting class begin to painfully collapse one superstar at a time, and with only days to prepare before the next and rapidly approaching signing day - and he somehow, tragically, damned-near honest-to-God miraculously, not only found a way to make it somehow unfathomably worse, but with increasingly damaging effect for the duration of his three years here. The collectively combined imaginations of Bama, UGA, UF and Vandy could not hope to have conceived of a more villainously incompetent coach to wish upon a Tennessee, as [ddiapos], and would have lacked even the most basic and necessary literacy as prevent even a basic description of him. So, credit to Dooley for successfully sparing them the frustrating and failing attempt, if nothing else. Fortunately for them, [ddiapos] was everything that they had hoped for, and far more....and we were stupid enough to both find and hire him at Tennessee. So, this all asks the question: Is it better to pay for the type of coach you want on the front-end, or to pay to remove a failed coach on the back-end? The evidence seems clear and convincing that paying a higher amount to hire THE guy to coach and build your program, is infinitely more preferred than hiring any number of lesser and cheaper coaches, who you're going to eventually and essentially pay the same amount later, but to stop coaching and destroying your program, instead. And as a follow-up: Imagine the caliber of coaches that we might have gotten, if we had the foresight to have offered more on the front end when we hired both Kiffin, Dooley and Jones?