You are the New Orleans Saints. You have had three straight seasons with seven victories vs. nine defeats. You are under contract to pay your head coach, Sean Payton, $45 million over the next five seasons.
This was September 1979. Mississippi State’s football team was playing at Maryland. The late, great Orley Hood and I covered the game for the Jackson newspapers. We spent all day Friday and Saturday morning touring our nation’s capital.
Now seems a good time to ask this question: Would John Vaught, Bear Bryant and Vince Dooley have lasted in today’s college football climate? Georgia’s firing of Mark Richt should give us all time to consider carefully before answering.