Most schools would love to have Gus, IMO. We are going to have to give him a raise if we want to keep him. The thing about Auburn is, we always pay our coaches good money. Hell, we over-payed greatly for Coach Chiz and are paying Barbee something like $2 mill. a year for that shite we call basketball. Gus has to be a hot name for open coaching jobs.... and it will remain that way.
Just do something smart this time when you re-negotiate Mazahn's contract at the end of the year, and win or lose in the IB, you know that's going to happen.
Don't stick a big arse buyout in there. Teams that want your coach will pay it, and you're stuck with paying THEM if they don't have more than one good year.
I wouldn't be surprised if you're still paying Bowden, much less Tubs and the Chiz. Paying Shula as much as we did to get him to leave annoyed the hell out of me.
We have no buyout for Saban, which means all we have to do is outbid someone if it's a money issue, and while it's possible, I don't see another program committed to the level that would take. Not having that buyout gives you more to bid with if you need to.
If your coach wants to leave...they'll leave.