Yes. I’m not saying he wouldn’t succeed, but those fan bases and, frankly, athletic departments, aren’t typically enthused with blue collar grinders like Schmidt.I don’t know Schmidt obviously, but my observation would have been he wouldn’t raise the needle for the fan bases at P5 schools for the reasons you mentioned. I bet that he could win at Indiana though.
Even at a place like Indiana, the question would be, “Why isn’t he beating out Kentucky and Duke for top 20 recruits every cycle?”
Also, his time at Bona will likely end with him earning a statue and banner for winningest coach. If he had a similar track record at the aforementioned IU-type, then he wouldn’t last through his first contract. The expectations are that high.
Eventually, one must ask himself when enough cash is enough. If the guy is happy and financially secure, why, at almost 60, disrupt a situation you know is positive for your family?