I don’t want to call Jimmy a liar but he was obviously exaggerating Donovan’s credentials because the hire was poorly received by the media and fans. If Donovan came so highly recommended, why did no one else try to hire him? He was an assistant to an assistant for four years.
As pointed out before, sometimes really good hires are made in which the coach hired completely flew under the radar of fans and media. Fan and media perception has absolutely nothing to do with deciding whether or not a hire made was a good hire or not. All that matters is the outcome on the field. Why did Oregon hire an unknown OC from New Hampshire when nobody else wanted him? Why did Clemson hire a WR coach as their head coach when nobody else wanted him? Why did Alabama hire a head coach that was mediocre at Michigan State and failed with the Miami Dolphins? Why did USC hire a failed NFL coach nobody in college football wanted? Why did UW hire a nobody head coach from Kent State way back when that nobody wanted! Nobody is saying the Donovan hire was a good hire. The point is, we don’t know yet one way or the other and nobody can say it was a bad hire at this time. It’s way too soon to make any judgments.