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ksdtrojan
12-13-2007, 01:50 PM
Opinion: Troy must decide on priorities


Bobby Mathews, The Messenger

Troy University wants to play big-time college football. And there's no question that Troy has the ability to play with the top teams in the country - and occasionally come out on top.

But Troy isn't a "destination" school for most coaches. It's a place to come, to learn - and in some cases, it's a place to rehabilitate your reputation (see Franklin, Tony).

But Troy's assistant coaching positions are going to remain a revolving door until the school realizes it must upgrade the pay of the coaches - in every sport - from head coaches down through the assistant ranks.

Troy's coaching staff is one of the highest-paid in the Sun Belt.

But everyone expects SEC-type results on Sun Belt pay.

That's not a fair expectation. But who said life was fair?

Troy fans are worried that it will be hard to replace Franklin - and that's understandable. Franklin did as much to tranform Troy football as anyone not named Larry Blakeney.

But here's the thing: Whoever the university hires to replace Franklin will likely be gone in a couple of years, too. Troy simply doesn't offer enough money to stay - not when assistants can go to another college and potentially double their salary.

Blakeney makes less than $300,000 a year in salary. That may be Franklin's base pay at Auburn.

So the university has to decide what it wants: to be the top dog in a bottom-of-the-barrell football league like the Sun Belt, or to really start competing with programs in the Mid-America Conference or Conference USA?

If the answer is the latter, then the university must step forward in an attempt to secure the coaches it wants.

Franklin leaving the Trojans is a blow, certainly. But it's not a fatal one. There are other coaches out there who understand the spread offense, and Blakeney is committed to continuing with the spread.

That means Troy is likely to get another young coach who wants to get some experience at a smaller Football Bowl Series school.

What Troy needs to do is find a way to keep some of the talented staff that comes through here.

Part of that is money. Part of it is showing the coaching staff how much they're valued.

Troy is at a crossroads. Who the university hires as an offensive coordinator will say more about the direction of this program than probably at any other point in school history.

Blakeney once said, "Don't think big - thing big-time."

Let's hope the people holding the purse strings are finally thinking big-time, too.

Sports editor Bobby Mathews can be reached at 670-6315 or bobby.mathews@troymessenger.com.

nohuddle
12-13-2007, 02:00 PM
But Troy's assistant coaching positions are going to remain a revolving door until the school realizes it must upgrade the pay of the coaches - in every sport - from head coaches down through the assistant ranks.


Don't you think the school realizes it must pay coaches more? Duh. The school is doing fine with what they have, the ACTION needs to be on our part to give more. We've tasted what is possible over the past two years, and we better all refuse to go back to being little ol Troy State.

Rette
12-14-2007, 04:30 PM
I think this subject comes up almost every year. The attached website gives us an idea of what we are up against salary wise in coaching world. LB is #96 of the 114 reported. I have not been able to find anything substantial concerning assistant coach salaries.
http://www.coacheshotseat.com/SalariesContracts.htm