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Barta Receiving Some Deserved Recognition

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March 17, 2018 at 2:22am

Iowa’s getting some recognition finally.  Unfortunately, not what we would least it’s not considered the dumbest move. Hard to believe this wasn’t the dumbest move.  Gary must have forgotten about the secrecy portion otherwise Gary B.  may have made it to being number 1.  But *heavy sigh* we can't be number 1........... 

Per CBS Sports.....Gary Parrish 

My favorite example from the past year is Iowa athletic director Gary Barta allowing Fran McCaffery to sign a two-year extension last November that more than doubled McCaffery's buyout. Why in the world would he do that? McCaffery was coming off an NIT appearance and just starting another bad season. He had no leverage whatsoever. He had no comparable job offers or options. So all that totally unnecessary extension did is provide McCaffery with a questionable raise and increase his buyout from $4.6 million to $10.2 million -- meaning if Iowa wanted to fire McCaffery right now, after finishing 4-14 in the Big Ten, it would owe him $5.6 million more than it would've owed him before that stupid extension was signed.

Iowa benefitted from the extension in no way.

That's the long and short of it.

And yet the Iowa AD still offered the extension last summer and allowed McCaffery to sign it in November. Why? Because athletic directors do dumb things all the time, that's why. Someday, perhaps, I'll assemble a list of moronic decisions, at which point we can all laugh and cry together. And, believe it or not, that Iowa story will not top the list because this Pitt story will forever top the list.


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