“The Biggest Hire in School History”: Considering the Factors Influencing the Hiring of a Major College Football Coach

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The purpose of this case is to illuminate the numerous factors administrators must consider when conducting and completing a coaching search. Specifically, participants are instructed to use Kellison’s (2013) ethical decision-making process framework to guide their analysis when deciding on, and eventually hiring, a head coach at an exceedingly visible university and athletic department. A hypothetical situation was created based on actual events that took place during a highly publicized head coach search in a major university football program. In all, participants will be immersed in the process of identifying, interviewing, and ultimately choosing a new head coach for their highest revenue-generating program during the most important time in the history of the university and athletic department.

Marion E. Hambrick is with the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Jordan R. Bass and Claire C. Schaeperkoetter are with Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Address author correspondence to Jordan R. Bass at jrbass@ku.edu.

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