Five coaches were fired Sunday, including Gene Chizik at Auburn just two years after he led the Tigers to a national championship. The five schools are on the hook for about $14 million in buyouts to their former employees. Auburn owes Chizik $7.5 million.
That's a lot of money to pay someone to not work for you, but it can be even more costly to keep a coach who is not only losing but draining a program in other ways.
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork says, "What we all look for is: Is there a plan in place? Is the plan showing signs of progress? Is there energy around the program?"