Reporters and college football fans alike made a stink yesterday about Urban Meyer's new 6-year, $24 million dollar contract.
The question kept coming up: Is he deserving of being the highest-paid SEC coach ever? I think the biggest question is: Why is Charlie Weis making more than Urban Meyer?
It's easier to be confused as to why Weis is making that amount of money per year in the first place (which is, by the way, $4.2 million annually). Last year, he received an average of $700,000 per win.
Notre Dame finished with a 6-6 regular season record and a bowl win against (sigh) Hawaii.
Meanwhile, Urban Meyer is getting a pay raise of $250,000 from last year's salary, after winning two BCS national titles in three years, and poising for a potential perfect season and back-to-back national titles in 2009-10.
Granted, a private school might have more money to allot to the football program, and the difference in pay might be just for that reason. However, it's clear that Weis is being paid a little too much for what he has accomplished.
If Weis synchronized his immense talent the way Meyer has, the Fighting Irish would potentially be in national title contention. It shouldn't be difficult to build a successful team with the chock of skill that makes up Notre's Dame squad, right?
I guess I'm wrong.
It is interesting, depending on people's sporting allegiances, the way a story like Urban Meyer's extension can be perceived. One thing is for sure—the media is hooked on anything blue and orange, and the tension for and against the Florida Gators will be at a boiling point come Game One.
This season shall be exceptionally exciting for NCAA football fans. The Gators are on their way to becoming a dynasty, and there are many hungry teams looking to squash that.