I know that if you have $4M+, you get a big name hire who is proven. You throw around another $2M and you get some big time assistants. What is the dollars at stake here? Potentially way, way more. Big budgets don't guarrantee a good hire (I present as evidence Lane Kiffen) - but it should reduce the risk immensely. Because for that price, you get a proven winner with proven assistants. When you hire an unproven coach who was at D2, or a coordinator, etc, you are taking some leaps of faith. Chances of a strikeout increase exponentially IMO. And here's the kicker. Hire an unproven guy, below market and if you are REALLY lucky, he is wildly successful. Then you will pay him anyhow by year 3 or so. What have you saved? About as much as Hawkins and staff's buyout! CU would be much wiser with their money to go after a proven commodity like Gary Patterson (just an example). Pay him $4M. Don't tell me we tried this with Hawk. Hawk didn't build Boise State. Hawk was never an X's -O's guy on either side. Patterson is one of the most respected defensive gurus in the game. He's a can't miss. He has built TCU into a top 5 program. I use him here only as an example. There are other guys who are can't miss that might consider building it over again in Boulder. Hire the might-miss guy and you save some money for the first two years. Then we go do this again? Or we get lucky and pay the guy Patterson money then. (See Chip Beck's contract negotiation stories...) CU needs to find the extra money now and get it right.