If I were AD, here's how I'd go about hiring a new football coach: 1. Call presser 2. Fire Butch 3. Look dead into camera, and say, "I'm going to Tuscaloosa to offer Nick Saban $15M/yr and a $20M signing bonus." 4. Conclude presser. 5. Immediately fly to Tuscaloosa and offer Nick Saban $15M/yr and a $20M signing bonus. 6. When Bama Admin regains consciousness, and matches, I'd up it again. 7. Rinse / repeat Step 6 as often as necessary. What's the downside? Bama has an absolute come-apart of biblical proportions, no matter what. He says "Yes" - and now you go to Boosters / Admin / season ticket holders (quadruple season ticket prices - watch people gleefully fight for the chance to buy them) and tell them that you've got Saban on the hook, and to find the money. He says, "No" - and you've thrown him / his staff / their program / fans into completely distracted disarray. You might come damned close to bankrupting BAMA, in the process. If you're that serious about going after a coach, who would then be off-limits or disinterested in the TN gig, at that money? Your fall back becomes who, Kelly? Gruden? Meyer? At the VERY least, the Admin / Boosters damned sure won't be whatever bargain-basement schlep from C-USA they had wanted to bring in. If you're going to do it, then do it.