Mullen at MSU? I know his name will be in the mix for many openings, I just don't see it at NU for whatever reason. I think he's a better fit in the SEC.
as for Campbell's buyout, I know it's steep, something like 9.5 mil, but that can usually be negotiated, but even if NU is forced to pay full price, why not if that's who you want? NU now has full share of the BIG money coming in, and if you're signing the guy for a 5 year contract that's only an extra 2 mil a year, easily covered by the additional conference revenue. yeah, it sucks, but somebody has to pay for the admin fuckups. plus, another way to look at it is that NU has gotten off cheap with their recent hires of Pelini and MR, even though we'll have to continue to keep paying them both, but still. in hindsight NU would have been better off paying top dollar for someone else even if it included a huge buyout. you don't want to be in the same boat today where 5 years from now NU is making another coaching change and wishing they'd ponied up and paid for Campbell's buyout.
Patterson - I don't mind him, and wouldn't be opposed to the hire at all, I just don't see any good reason for him to leave TCU to come to NU, other than maybe a fat check or if he wanted a new challenge. I think NU (and others) missed their window to hire him. he's pretty much a golden boy there at TCU and in the local area now, and I don't think they'd run him out of town with a few bad seasons. why leave that security to come to NU and be "the guy that NU hired because they couldn't get Scott Frost"?
it's a fun exercise but I think SF is already N.
but if not, my biggest takeaway from Moos is that while he does talk about "fit" for a program, I think $$$ is the biggest factor, along with both short term and long term success. I don't think that Leach is a good fit. I really don't think that Kelly is a good fit either, but would probably put butts in the seats, but I'm not sure about his short or long term success at NU. SF pretty much checks off all the boxes I think Moos is looking for. and if SF fails nobody is going to blame Moos for giving him a shot.
I'd prefer to have a younger-ish coach, someone who NU could keep for a number of years. I don't see NU as a stepping stone job, it's a destination job, and I'd like to see a "career" coach come to Lincoln
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man."