You can get the job posted, do your background legwork and be ready to strike as soon as the carousel opens. Which doesn't take two months, you don't need to do it now, unless of course you have problems on your existing roster and their relationship to the coaches.Presumably, your top candidates to replace him are currently employed, so not like you’re going to get a head start in hiring a replacement.
None of it has anything whatsoever to do with sending a public message or trying to win any more football games this year. Zero, zero, zero. It is 100% about creating the best possible transition for the roster for the next coach.
It's going to be really tough this year. The great majority of the coaches we've mentioned in this thread are going to be playing in conference championship games on Dec 7, and the early signing period begins on Dec 18.
Last year conference championship Saturday was on Dec 1 and the early signing period began on Dec 19. The latest any Power Five jobs hired their new coach was Colorado hiring Mel Tucker on Dec 5, a full two weeks before signing day. It's probably gonna be 10 days maximum this year.
And before anyone suggests it, if we attempt to have Lovie sign our class on Dec 18 and then fire him afterwards, every single one of our recruits will be freely allowed to transfer elsewhere without penalty and they will certainly do so and the class will be 100% torched. Don't even spend a second thinking about it.