12/09/2004: What's more important: leading a college football team, or leading the "free world"?
Bryan at Why Now? makes an interesting observation: to judge from the accountability demanded of the college football coach versus the President of the U.S., that the football coach's job must be more important.
Ron Zook is apparently going to be a football coach in the Big Ten [Illinois]. I don't know Mr. Zook and couldn't care less about American football, but his story says a lot about the "adults of voting age" in Florida. Mr. Zook had a contract to coach at the University of Florida, but after a disappointing season in which his team only won 7 of 11 games and only received an invitation for the Peach Bowl, Florida decided he had to go, even though it meant paying him $350K+/year for the remaining term of his contract.
These are the same people who voted to re-elect a man to head the nation that has had a dismal four-year term and no major wins against any opponent.
But then again the coach of the Florida Gators receives a compensation package worth five times as much as the President of the United States, so you have to take into consideration the relative importance of the job to the people of Florida.
Len on 12.09.04 @ 03:49 PM CST