Nick Saban is Worth Every Penny of the Money that The University of Texas Supposedly Offered Him, and it’s Time to Bury the Whole “Athletes and Coaches Make Too Much Money” Argument‏


by Ryan Meehan

Hardly your resident college football expert here at FOH, I’m stepping a bit outside my comfort zone to deliver today’s piece. However, I am familiar with the finances of sport – both at the professional and college level.

This past week, various sources reported that in a new book written by Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference,” Finebaum stated the following:

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban. Depending on who you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 million and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million [plus performance bonuses].”

Saban has stated that there was never an intention to go to Texas, and that he is happy at Alabama where he is currently developing this year’s team to be everything that the fans expect in that state. Although he’s a great coach, as we know from previous experiences what he says in the press conferences isn’t exactly what goes on behind the scenes. So long story short here: He was probably offered the money, but eventually decided to stay in Tuscaloosa.

That’s all good and well, but it’s not really what bothered me about the story itself. The aftermath of the reports quickly spread to talk radio, and my biggest sports pet peeve once again rattled my eardrums until I got home.


Explaining that pet peeve is quite easy: I’m exhausted with hearing about how those involved with athletics make too much money. It’s a very simple supply and demand system, and anybody that hasn’t been beaten with a brick recently can tell you that. The reason that teachers and firefighters don’t make as much money as wide receivers is because they can’t sell jerseys and don’t bring in millions of dollars in ticket sales and television revenue. The argument should stop there, but for some reason people continue to cry and cry about this “injustice” in society that for some reason should be the fault of guys like Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham.

And it’s got to stop. Seriously. You hear it all too much, and for some reason all of these people bitching about how wrong this supposed societal ill is are ignoring a simple concept called inflation. (Although obviously not the sole reason for the spike in salaries, I can clearly remember paying 98 cents for a gallon of gas seventeen years ago) I am so sick of these whiny pricks. If every firefighter and teacher made a hundred million dollars, Sales Tax on a candy bar would be 755%. Trust me, it wouldn’t work.

Returning to Saban, one of the sports talk radio personalities on the air questioned whether or not coaches should be making this sort of money. I say they absolutely should. Not all of them, but this is Nick Saban we’re talking about here – If anybody deserves that money it should be him. Plus, the athletes themselves aren’t getting paid yet (at least not legally) so you could definitely understand that there has to be a lot of money available to a guy like Saban. He won three national championships in a four year stretch, and I’d even be willing to suggest that if he continues at his current pace, we have to honestly start considering him to be one of the best college football coaches ever. The only other coach to win a national championship at two different schools? Bear Bryant. That’s not exactly Dave Wannstedt-level company.


Not that you want to be on that level…

Saban has gone 72-9 in his last six years as head coach of Alabama. There was even a perfect 14-0 season in there, and the amount of respect he commands from his players on a daily basis is a power not many other coaches have at any level in any sport. When you think about it, this demand for hard work, dedication, and good behavior off the field is something that should have a hefty price tag attached to it, especially when you consider that you’re managing a bunch of college athletes on scholarships.

Which brings me back to the teachers and firefighters thing…Saban essentially is both of those positions as a college coach. Putting out “fires” and instructing college students is pretty much his entire day. So if some of these NFL players are making this real scratch, I see no reason Saban shouldn’t be bringing home an equal amount of bacon as well. If Joe Flacco got a $120 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, I’m certain that all of the boosters that support the University of Texas’ athletic department can come up with something in the hundred million dollar range with pretty limited effort.

So now that we have several players making nine-digit money over a period of time, I think it’s more than high time that we start offering coaches the same amount of cash. It’s safe to say that they possess a much lower risk of injury (unless they are running onto the field a la Mike Tomlin) and more importantly, they make decisions that have a serious effect on the future of the franchises they are directing. Although the coaches will never play a down, it’s their mindgame we’re watching. And at the college level, it takes a whole hell of a lot more direction and the pressure of being at some of these programs (especially in the SEC) is so large that as writers, we can’t even fathom it or come up with a scale showing how it should be measured.

So while you may hear from some people that may or may not be sports fans that athletes and those involved with athletics make too much money, you aren’t going to hear that take from me. Capitalism is a pretty simple thing to understand, and just because you view someone’s job as being less valuable than yours doesn’t mean it is. And keep in mind, unless we’re talking about the Green Bay Packers these pro teams are private institutions. They have people in charge (just like any other business) who have invested millions of dollars of their own money into making this business become great. In other words, it’s their money and they can do whatever the hell they want with it. Colleges also should operated as businesses, and I shouldn’t need to explain to you that Texas’ football program brings in a whole lot more money than their fucking microbiology department does.

"With the first pick in the NFL draft, no team will ever take this guy..."

“With the first pick in the NFL draft, no team will ever take this guy…”

I can’t wait to see the day when we meet the first hundred million dollar coach. Saban’s contract is up January 21st, 2022…So we may already be familiar with him already.

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7 Questions with Sam Totman of DragonForce


by Ryan Meehan

It’s astonishing to realize that DragonForce now have a history going back 15 years, and that they’re about to release their sixth album. But such is the pace at which music and life move these days that what was seemingly a highly promising young British metal band just yesterday are now an established full force (ahem) on the scene. In fact, their reputation is such that anything new from this lot is regarded as a landmark moment in the ongoing story of metal. But the new DragonForce album is a revelation, one that will surely entice them to another level of achievement.  It’s called “Maximum Overload,” and that’s precisely what you get from the 10 tracks on the main album, plus the five bonus songs for the special edition and a DVD. “We have our own style and sound,” says Herman Li, who founded the band in 1999 with fellow guitarist Sam Totman. “And we didn’t want to move away from that. Once you’ve got your trademark approach in place, that’s what fans come to expect from you. But we also wanted to challenge ourselves. We didn’t want to rehash what we’d done before, but take it all in a fresh direction.“  With “Maximum Overload,” DragonForce haven’t so much reinvented themselves as reimagined their aspirations. The result is an album full of command, energy and vitality. It’s got strength in depth and breadth. Sophistication allied to an attention to detail that goes beyond what’s been done before.  We are grateful to have guitarist Sam Totman of DragonForce as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Eleanor J Kerrigan


by Ryan Meehan

Eleanor J. Kerrigan is the latest in a long line of historically funny women who cut their teeth at the World Famous Comedy Store. Starting out as a waitress there, Eleanor learned the ropes of comedy, all the while making the best comics in the country laugh, in the kitchen of the club. It would take several years and lots of pushing from one of her biggest fans, Andrew Dice Clay, to finally get her to take her comedic talents to the stage. After co-starring with him in “Dice Undisputed”, Dice invited Eleanor to go on the road with him to promote the show. “I’m an actress, not a stand up!” she replied. After seeing her one woman show, Andrew would no longer take no for an answer. “You’re hysterical and everyone should know that!” he said, and Eleanor’s been performing stand up in clubs and theaters around the country ever since. Her hilarious take on life comes from her unique experiences growing up street-savvy in South Philly, as one of 10 children in a very Irish-Catholic family. She paints an uproarious portrait of her life experiences, beginning with her childhood in a three bedroom row home and moving to her adventures as an adult living in L.A… Eleanor’s shoot-from-the-hip take on life is both refreshing and exciting. She’s not afraid to give the audience a piece of her mind and they love her for it. Eleanor is also a graduate of the esteemed Joanne Baron and D.W. Brown acting studio in Santa Monica, California, following in the footsteps of acting greats such as Halle Berry and Patrick Dempsey. She’s had audiences rolling as one of the motorcycle riding, pool cue wielding tag team called “Harley’s Angels” on UPN’s “Women of Wrestling” and has made countless appearances on other major networks such as Nickelodeon and VH1. Eleanor Kerrigan is certainly one to watch and will be touring the country with her brazen brand of humor, and she’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

The Deep Six: Why the 2014-2015 NFL Season Can’t Get Here Fast Enough‏‏‏

by Ryan Meehan
We’re just a little over seven weeks away from the beginning of the 2014-2015 NFL season, and I sincerely hope those seven weeks fly by. Let’s face it, this is the down time for the sports world. While the remainder of February and the entirety of March seem like they drag on forever, believe it or not July and the first half of August are even worse for sportswriters. So we’re going to go Deep Six on this one and explain why every one of these factors make the time leading up to the NFL season seem absolutely torturous.

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7 Questions with Adam Newman


by Ryan Meehan

Adam Newman is a New Hampshire-born, Georgia-schooled, Brooklyn-based comedian who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central. He recently taped his own episode of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour, which comes out later this year. Adam was among Comedy Central’s first class of “Comics to Watch” to perform at the New York Comedy Festival, and was invited to showcase as a “New Face” at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. His debut stand-up CD, Not for Horses, was released by Rooftop Comedy to critical acclaim. Adam’s TV appearances include MTV’s The CollegeHumor Show, various talking head shows on the TV Guide Network, the Tyra Banks Show (weird!), and dozens of CollegeHumor Originals on Most importantly, though, Adam is also a co-host of Butt Talk, the world’s #1 Number 2 podcast and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading