KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK
Hello Erik. I'm sorry to bother you at home.
No, no. Would you like to come in?
Just for a moment.
/sit on Soup's couch
What's on your mind, Gary?
Well, it's the program, Soup. It's so important to everything we do. Football pays for all our other student athletes and coaches, and we can't afford to have it fall apart.
And I'm concerned about Kirk.
Really? Why is that?
Well...this has to stay between you and me.
Of course, of course.
Kirk's doctors have informed me he has Banneker's Syndrome. It's a rare disease that makes it impossible to read and understand a clock.
You can see how that would be a problem. If a coach cannot read a clock, he cannot know when to call a timeout or run a hurry-up offense. And we've seen that in recent seasons. In fact, I'm fairly certain his disease is getting worse.
Well, why are you telling me this? Do you want me to help him with clock management?
No, Soup. We've moved past that. I need someone who can take over the program.
Kirk's done. If he can't read a clock, and his coordinators run the offense and defense, and his players are responsible for execution, what exactly is it that he does?
Norm is going to retire soon, and Ken is too close to Kirk to take his spot. But you haven't been here as long as others. You were a top assistant to Lloyd Carr and Gary Moeller. You clearly understand the game and how to manage a team.
If things get worse, Soup, can you take over the program?
Well, geez. I don't know.
I do know most of how Kirk does things.
I suppose I could take over the program in...2015?
There! Good! It's decided.
And, again, Soup: Please keep this quiet. I wouldn't want the other coaches to find out.
Oh, absolutely, Gary.
Have a good night, Erik.
You too, Gary.
/walks out the door and into driveway