More than money, FIU's facilities and undersupported support staff could hamper a football coach search. Yeah, both are better than what Mario Cristobal walked into when he took the job six years ago, but FIU wants someone of greater stature. Obviously. They fired Cristobal with the stated reason they wanted someone better. So, you better have more bells, whistles and diapers around.
As one former FBS assistant with an eye and ear on FIU noted Monday night, a Butch Davis or a Houston Nutt is used to practice fields and platoons of a support staff.
And those were the two names he used -- Butch Davis and Houston Nutt, the former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach. Thought that was interesting. Nutt interviewed for the South Florida job that went to Western Kentucky coach Willie Taggart, so he's willing to move to Florida and willing to step down from the stature of his last two jobs.
Then, I saw Charles Robinson's Yahoo report. Hmmm...I wondered if this might turn out to be one-stop shopping for FIU. Nutt and Davis both are represented by agent Jimmy Sexton, who now works out of Creative Artists Agency.
Under the guidance of Mike Ovitz, CAA beacme one of the most powerful entertainment talent agencies. So, it's no surprise that when the agency got serious about sports, within a few years, CAA Football would be headlined by heavyweights Tom Condon and Ben Dogra. They added Sexton, who has a powerhouse client list himself, last year.
Condon and Dogra mainly represent players. Sexton has players, coaches (including Nick Saban) and some management. In fact, Sexton was Bill Parcells agent when Parcells joined the Dolphins as Vice President of Football Operations and the agent for the first Parcells second round pick, Phillip Merling. That's the kind of thing that started getting hockey agent Alan Eagleson into trouble, but, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more....