These we hires made by Vin, Salazar and Crazy Doc Treasurer.
Johnson is a very well paid puppet — nothing more.
What I like about the hire of Ben Thomas. Johnson was not intimidated, he did not say this guy might take the program to new heights. . He did not go with his friend, he went with a guy he really respected as a coach. So many coaches are afraid to go with a really good coach and person because they don't know them and feel they could lose their job to them. Aka a coach in the SEC and one or two hundred all over the land. Follow Johnson's lead and hire the best person for the program when it is available.
Example: Some coaches will tell their team we are going to get the best sports car for this program, someone who sets the program on a new level. If someone gave you a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 405 with rebuilt everything, low miles great shape you would take it, but some coaches say " no that is too much car" and get intimidated by it. . So they opt for the 2010 mazda miata and tell people it is easier to drive and gets better gas mileage, has less miles, but is just as good as the Mustang.