Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
All my personal feelings on college coaching changes being bad for the sport, the kids, and the reputation of athletics in general and refusal to honor contracts signed in good faith aside, I really draw the line when a guy tells all of his players, to their faces, that he is going to be staying and continuing to coach them and then packs up in the dead of night and heads somewhere else.
Thad Matta looked every X player in the face and told them he wasn't going anywhere. Blink and he's in Columbus. Great for his career, sure...but why would you ever believe a word the guy says when he lies his own team, his kids that he personally recruited?
He is a great coach. He is a great recruiter. He is also, in my mind, a disingenuous worm -- no better than Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio, or any other coach that doesn't have the onions to at least be honest with the people that he said, in some living room long ago, that he'd be there for.
While I'm not going to further rehash the timeline and the accuracy of the above statements, what occurred is an industry standard. Kids know when they follow a coach to a program that there may be some movement in their four years career. The coaches deal with the flip side on one or two year kids that use his program as a stepping stone to millions. It is an up or out industry and both sides, players and coaches, accept that as circumstances arise, a previous agreement may need to be revised. Long contracts are also very standard for college coaches, and most of them are bought out at some point. There are normally out clauses so a coach can pursue opportunities that come along unpredictably. Does that make all of that philosophically right? I dunno, but in the delicate situation of hiring a successful coach from another program when the person was not actively seeking such a position, which it is documented that Matta was not, OSU approached him, aggressively, calling it lying and deceitful is not really fair, and I'm about as black and white guy as there is.