"It's clear that Lonergan wanted absolute power and he couldn't get that if Houston was here" What kool aid are you drinking? Where do you get absolute power out of any of this? You don't think Lonergan, a guy who praises solid defense, would want a guy like Copes? He just didn't think Copes was worth keeping Houston on his staff and I don't blame him and to you that translates "I AM THE KING AND COPES, NO YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED BECAUSE I AM POWER HUNGRY RAHHHHH" Please.. You must really love Copes and Houston (or really hate Lonergan).
I think most would agree that it would be a bad idea to keep Houston just for Copes. It's retarded actually. In MY opinion, I'd rather Lonergan get a good guy that he wants who will continually bring in good recruits. Unless of course Houston has more family that we don't know about.