First, thanks for the feedback and let me say this, I'm in complete agreement that the firing logic needs to be more aggressive than it currently is. That being said, I don't think that the two (firings and my idea) need to go hand in hand. I understand the concern with bad coaches getting these jobs and sitting on them forever with no real progress being made, but let's face it, that already happens now and I'm not so sure that my suggestion will promote more of it.
Let's be clear on what I mean by opening up the job to lower conference coaches. By no means should the coach at D- Furman (no offense to the fine coaches of Furman) get a shot at the open A+ UCLA job at any time during the hiring process. However, the guy who took TCU to the Sweet 16 should probably get a serious look from top schools in the Big 6 conferences, especially if the top coaches in that world are going to pass on the job. This is simply a reflection of real life. We could go through a long list of real life mid-major coaches that had a good tourney run and got offers from big time programs a few weeks later.