Former Aggie coach Hal Mumme made roughly $540,000 on his way out the door at NMSU.
Lets be clear on this. Mumme made $375,000 through the buyout. The rest of the sum was because of money owed on his previous deal.
This is a lot of money here. It's incredible to me that you can make that type of cash, and be fired at the same time. Heck, I could have gone 11-38 with a football team. Maybe, maybe not, but I could have at least tried. And if it didn't work, I'd make a bunch of money during a time when normal people are struggling to make ends meet.
It just shows how badly the Aggies wanted to get rid of Hal. They would have payed $1 million if it meant he would have hit the road. Obviously I'm being sarcastic, but, at the same time, I'm being kind of serious. Him leaving was not negotiable. How much money he got on his way out, now that was. And it was.
What's done is done. I think looking at the final bill, it stings a bit. You fail as a coach, should you be compensated like that? Tough call but, in Hal's case, I don't think so. He took over a tough job here and had some tough breaks, but did he really have a raw deal at NMSU? The answer, from where I sit: No. He didn't win enough. Plain and simple. I guess in the Aggies' case, they felt like it was addition by subtraction.