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The costs of a bad hire can extend far beyond that person’s salary. It can affect parts of your business that you may not expect. Let’s look at the hidden costs through the scope of college football:


Decreased Morale and Performance

When you feel like a member or leader of your team isn’t pulling their weight, it can hurt morale and the way your team works as a whole. According to this article from Orlando Sentinel, following a Florida Gators loss to Georgia Southern under head coach Will Muschamp, Florida right guard Jon Halapio said, “The morale of this team is at an all-time low. We have a lack of leadership. We just really need to tighten up as a team.”


Contract Buyouts

The Tennessee Volunteers have been plagued by a string of bad head coach hires since 2008. Both Derek Dooley and Butch Jones were hired and soon fired. According to this article from WBIR, since 2008, “the University of Tennessee-Knoxville has seen the termination or resignation of two athletic directors, four football or basketball coaches and two chancellors, and buyouts totaling more than $24 million.”  Though the US is largely an at-will employment country, many employees do have contracts, and it’s important to consider the implications of a contract if a hire doesn’t go well. 


Lost Time

College football programs suffer during the tenure of a bad coaching hire. When a college finally cuts ties with a coach, a great deal of time is spent search for a new coach who then has to take the time to rebuild the program and fix whatever mistakes the previous coach made. When you make a bad hire at work, you basically go through the same time-consuming process.


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