If you fire a guy in March, he'll have recruits who have signed LOIs before then. You have a choice...accept the offer or tell them to take a hike -- the latter is not a good look. That's what I'm saying. Maybe you don't try that hard to retain them, but if 8 guys leave because your AD is cheap that's pretty rough on any coach, I don't care who you are (you're also signaling to the next guy that you'll do the bare minimum, but they won't really have your back). The only argument anyone is giving me to lame duck Paulsen if this season is a bust is because we're going to be cheap...at that point, you might as well just leave the conference and go down a level.