Originally Posted by Sea Ray
There is the money thing. UT would probably pay about $3mill/yr, UC about $1mill. $2mill is a lot of jack to leave on the table unless he has his eye on another job. The other issue is with the practice fields. They haven't secured financing yet and if Kelly doesn't see that happening he may want to bail.
Hey, do any of you see this weekend's game vs Pitt having an impact on this decision one way or another? If UC loses, does it help push him to UT or not?
Another thing to point out, and I will use this as the same argument I used against WVU fans with Rich Rodriguez and Michigan.
Tennessee is one of the top college football jobs in the nation, just like Michigan was last year. While Kelly could do a good job at Cincinnati, he isn't going to get the exposure there nationally that he would with Tennessee. Not only is it better pay, but you are also opening the door to recruits who otherwise would have never considered playing for Kelly if he stays at UC.
It's high risk-high reward for Kelly. He can walk into a better paying job with better tools to recruit better players with loftier expectations, or he can stay at Cincinnati if he feels it's not the best offer or he feels at home.