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Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: College football is big business and there's no going back

Two record setting coaches contracts have changed the sport forever this week.

Dom Izzo Hot Mic

This week finally put an end to anyone's thinking that college football isn't big business.

Within a 24 hour span we saw Lincoln Riley leave Oklahoma to take the USC job for 100 million dollars.

The next day, Brian Kelly left Notre Dame to go coach at LSU for 115 million dollars.

Coaches leaving their teams before the season ends is nothing new. Even players finding out their coach is leaving over Twitter is nothing new, NDSU players found out the same way when Craig Bohl got the Wyoming job in 2013.


The difference now is the hypocrisy when it comes to the players. The biggest topics this offseason centered around the transfer portal and players profiting from name, image and likeness.

Each were going to "destroy college athletics"!

But what about a school buying a 6 million dollar home for a head coach? Or getting personal use of a private jet 24-7 for him and his family? What about the amateurism of that?

The next time someone tells me, well the athletes are getting their school paid for, I'll point to what Riley and Kelly got this week. And then ask them, so there's no money for the players at all?

Hypocrisy at its finest.

And it continues to thrive in college football.

Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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