Why Chuck Long didn't end up at ISU or KSU

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

With all of the recent turnover in the coaching ranks, it was curious to me that Chuck Long didn't end up on Bill Snyder's coaching staff at Kansas State after he was let go as San Diego State's head coach. After all, Snyder helped develop Long into a record-breaking quarterback at Iowa.

It also would have made a lot of sense if Long had joined Paul Rhoads at Iowa State.

His strong work as an offensive coordinator at Oklahoma made him a logical addition at either place, or a number of other places across the country.

It turns out that Long has a financial reason for not jumping into another coaching job. He stands to collect $700,000 per year to fulfill the rest of his contract doing "projects" and "analysis" for the San Diego State program, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

"The projects we have for him right now are mostly related to campus issues relative to athletics," San Diego State athletic director Jeff Schemmel said. "In other words, 'How can we be more successful at San Diego State, using his experience?' We've asked him to do some analysis for us on that sort of thing. He's been very good about it, whether that's admissions, whether that's fundraising, any of those things that can help us be more successful."

Long will make $1.4 million to fulfill the obligations of his contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2010.

And considering that most assistant jobs would pay him about $200,00 per season, Long might cost himself up to $1 million by leaving San Diego State and taking another coaching job.

In the end, I expect Long to be coaching somewhere. And it might be in the Big 12, where he found his greatest success as an assistant.

But don't expect it to happen in the next 22 months.