In reply to: Well... posted by KevinG
You can do all the contingency planning in the world, and tell all the good coaches in the country that you'd like to hire them the next time to job opens. But none of them can make any substantive promises that they'll sign on the dotted line when that day comes. The only thing they can really promise is that they'll give it serious consideration and won't let contractual obligations at their current job get in the way.
Jack will never disclose the extent of contingency planning he has done. If the first guy he offers the job to says "no", then a lot of people will claim it as proof that he didn't plan ahead, but that just isn't necessarily the case.
to all head coach openings.
The only one to be "offered" the job is the one who says "yes". It's a bunch of semantics; this shit is what lawyers live for.
AD: Here are the conditions of what you would receive if we were to offer you the job. If we offered you the job would you accept these terms?
AD: Do you pinky swear?
AD: In that case, I would like to offer you the football head coach position at SuperTheAwesome University.
Coach: I accept.