I find it pretty amazing that each of the open BCS jobs this year have been filled by people with career combined coaching record of 7-15 and that none of them were filled with "record-busting" contracts. When you think about UW, Auburn, Syracuse and Miss St, in particular, those jobs seemed "primed" for a big name big dollar hire to happen. Its not as if there were not candidates out there just begging to get in on a big payday in a premier conference. Leach was clearly looking to parlay his dream season into a new gig. Patterson and Kelly were also available. Guys like Whittingham and Petersen were willing to listen. But no one came calling in a serious way.
Why? It has to be economics. For the time being, we must be seeing the "ceiling" for football coaching salaries where administrators continue to desire to see the scale set by the current highest paid coaches (Saban, Carroll, etc) and not by guys new to the list.
When you consider the fact that Charlie Weis still has a job despite a performance that has rivaled that of his predecessor, its hard to not see any other valid reason other than economics as a motivating factor.
What do you guys think? Have we seen the leveling off of what was previously a bull market (at least for 2009)?