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Date Posted: 22:53:30 03/24/17 Fri
I think that Tommy Amaker will choose to remain at Harvard for the duration of his career. He's a smart man. He's self-aware. And he gets the joke.
He has proven to himself that he can consistently bring in the best and most athletic recruits in the Ivy League. But due to his (relative) weakness in player development and game management, he does not win the Ivy championship every year, only most years.
Why on earth would he go to a non-AI conference where he will lose his competitive advantage in recruiting, yet still have a disadvantage in player development and game management?
Sure, he could go to Georgetown for more money. The Post reported that Thompson made $3.6 million last year. But Amaker makes more than $1 million at Harvard, even more when you add in his wife's salary from the university. So figure that's at least $1.2 million, maybe closer to $2 million when all is said and done. The public number is simply "more than $1 million." That leaves a lot of upside space in a number with two commas in it.
For Amaker at this point in his career, it's about risk and reward. He can make seven figures at Harvard for the next two decades with almost zero career risk. Or he can make more at Georgetown or another big time program, but assume much more career risk when he is smart enough to know his own coaching strengths and weaknesses.
If Georgetown calls Amaker's agent, the only result will be raises at Harvard for Amaker and his assistants, just as occurred after Boston College and the Miami Hurricanes called.
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