NCF Nation: Others green day 090317
Everyone's worried about money these days, and since St. Patrick's Day emphasizes the color green, we thought we'd explore the best and worst ways some teams have spent their green over the years.
Which coaches were worth the money and which teams haven't gotten a return on their investment?
BEST GREEN SPENT
• TCU extended coach Gary Patterson's contract through 2014 after several schools courted him this offseason. Although his salary is undisclosed, Patterson likely makes more than any other non-AQ coach. But with 73 wins in his first 100 games, it's money well spent.
• Florida International coach Mario Cristobal is on the low side in terms of coaching salaries, which makes him a steal for FIU. In just two years, he's taken a Golden Panthers team from 0-12 to 5-7. And now he's getting some top-name recruits.
• Buffalo was close to losing coach Turner Gill this offseason, but gave him a contract extension and a raise to keep him with the school until 2013. Gill is 15-23 in his three seasons with the Bulls, but he led them to an 8-6 record in 2008, which included the school's first conference championship and the first-ever bowl game.
WORST GREEN SPENT
• No one knows exactly what Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis makes, but his results on the field haven't been worth the chunk of change he's owed. He's 29-21 in four seasons, but the Irish have lost 15 games the past two years, the most by Notre Dame in a two-year span.
• San Diego State is paying former coach Chuck Long $700,000 a year for "projects" and "analysis" until his contract ends on Dec. 31, 2010. That means SDSU will have paid Long about $1.4 million since he was fired. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Long's contract stated that if he was fired, he'd be reassigned within the school.
• UNLV gave coach Mike Sanford a three-year contract extension after the Rebels finished 5-7, their best season since 2003. But Sanford has an 11-36 record with the Rebels, and prior to this season he had won only two games per season since 2005.
Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Next, I'm going to look at what a few conferences from the Independents and Others envy about other FBS conferences from around the country.