I get that if they decide to do it the way that you are advocating, your post is exactly how they will spin it.

Per the Casper Star, if he is fired without cause, he is owed the remainder of his base and guaranteed compensation...so at the end of this year he would be owed 1.1m+1.1m+1.25m+1.25m=**4.7m**. If that happens, they then go out and hire a new coach...I hope that they don't try to pay somebody at the bottom of the conference so let's assume that they get what Sawvell got. This would mean that there is no delta between the cost of paying the new guy or paying Sawvell....the delta is in the buyout. Or, in other words, You are pretty much paying for two head coaches for the next 4 years (roughly).

Bohl was payed 2.3m in 2023 which included a retention bonus (base pay of 1.7m). I assume that if he had not retired he would not be recieving another retention bonus so his pay in 2024 would have been 1.7m. I know that was the last year of his contract...if we run that forward there is a savings of 600k for three years and then the savings drops to 450k for the final 2 years of Sawvel's contract for a total savings of 2.7m

The case can be made (and it will be if they go the route you are advocating) that the way to look at this is to compare what Sawvell makes to the fictional contract Bohl would be getting if he stayed. In this comparison there is roughly 2m of extra spending represented by the buyout scenario since the amount they were paying Bohl would have accounted for 2.7m over what Sawvell makes.

Do these numbers add up? Is this your understanding?