My gut feeling is that JP will be trying hard to get big splash hire to keep our recruits (and get recruits for the next couple of years). I think the GC hire did that for us.
That, in my opinion, would probably be the biggest negative in JP's mind toward Loney (no big splash -- probably wouldn't automatically register with current recruits/players -- though I don't really know).
In the end, I think it'll come down to $$$$. If JP can find enough $$$$, maybe he'll pull someone remarkable out of his hat (how much would it take to get Jim Tressel?). And then pray there's still enough for the rest of the staff (who may have more to do with winning games).
Should that fail, I could see Loney getting hired -- but secretly (known only to JP (and me?)) as an interim coach--one who won't mess us up and will transition us from the mess we're in to a halfway stable program where we CAN land the big splash head coaching hire. And then if Loney does turn out to be highly successful -- keep him and be all the happier.
It shouldn't be too difficult (despite what many people seem to think on this site) to sell him to the fanbase/donors when he has so many ties to ISU and he so clearly wants the job. Plus we might get away with less $$$$ so we can use that much more $$$$ for coaching staff (how 'bout some proven coordinators?).
May my postings be polite and not misunderstood. (And hopefully funny on occasion.)
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