July 13th, 2004, 12:01 PM
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ASU Coaching Situation
ASU canít afford to fire 3 major-sport coaches
By Bob Moran, Tribune
July 3, 2004
Thereís a segment of the Arizona State fandom so bitterly frustrated about the Sun Devilsí performances in the major sports this past academic term theyíd like to clean house.
Today, as a public service, the Tribune is providing this group the cold, hard facts of just how much that would cost.
Letís say football and basketball have losing seasons, and baseball doesnít qualify for the College World Series, the same results as last season.
Football coach Dirk Koetter has three years remaining on his contract after the Ď04 campaign, as does athletic director Gene Smith.
Basketball coach Rob Evans will have two years left. Baseball coach Pat Murphy will be down to a single season.
Based on salaries from the previous fiscal year, it would cost ASU $2.3 million to dismiss Koetter, $1.22 million to dismiss Evans, $870,000 to dismiss Smith, and $220,000 to dismiss Murphy.
That adds up to $4.61 million
And, of course, that doesnít include the price tag for replacing them and their assistants.
Talk is cheap.
Firing people isnít.