some of you guys are going WAY out there on tangents and taking things the wrong way. this, to me, is not that complex.
whoever said its impossible to take a mid major to the NT each season, no, thats not impossible. nor is building a mid major dynasty. both are perfectly possible. but heres the thing - you dont have to accomplish *either* of those to make the big 6. so why are we talking about it?? you just have to have a couple strong seasons, maybe a NT1 and NT2 together, and you are eligible for low end big 6 jobs. i do think the jobs change seble made a while ago makes it a *little* bit too difficult to get into the big6, but not much. and frankly, saying you are better than the sim, is roughly the worst argument ive heard in my life. if you arent better than the sim after playing long enough to make the NT at a d1 team somewhere, you should just kill yourself now, seriously. the simple fact is this - big 6 spots are coveted by coaches. if you let ANYONE better than a sim (which is literally almost anyone) take the jobs, there are no spots for those who earn them. its valuable to have minimum bars and that bar is not that you are simply not mentally retarded (which is the standard being suggested). maybe its a bit too high - thats debatable. but leave it at that, dont turn it into something more than that.
the other side of this is that it IS easier to make the NT at a mid major with decent prestige (such as the C+ of the OP) than it is to make it at a big 6 conference. this is of course an opinion not fact but its pretty widely held, and virtually anyone who has played in the big 6 conferences understand where people are coming from on this, even if they dont agree. the simple reality is, take the team you barely made the NT with in a mid major, and you are NOT making the NT in a big 6 conference. thats obvious - you often won't even make .500. all those CT win based NTs? yeah, that will never happen - big 6 CT winners 99% of the time are already guaranteed at large bids.
of course, you can build a better team in a big 6 conference with the money. sometimes prestige is a little lower than in mid major and that can offset things. its hard to get started in the big 6 conferences for most coaches because you start with low prestige and simply building a team as good as you build in a mid major, that just doesn't cut it. you need to do better than you did. the bar is raised, significantly. to help you with that, you get bonus money. but to those on the outside looking in, i can assure you, if you are struggling to make the big 6, getting there does NOT make things a cakewalk. most likely you will struggle more than you did at the last job. BCS PIT teams will usually routinely beat all but the best NT mid major teams - the bottom end NT mid major teams simply arent as good.
that said, i do feel job requirements are a tad high for the lower end big 6 schools, so i do feel for the OP here a little. but i also think its pretty close, hell of a lot of things around here off by a lot more than that. until you can make the NT regularly at a mid major, you probably aren't going to survive a big 6 conference, so why let guys move up before they are ready?
9/5/2013 4:26 PM (edited)