As many of you know, coaches come and go pretty often in sports, especially football.
That being said, this year has been no exception. So I’m going to analyze a few of the spots filled and give my opinion on them.
(To see all the head coaching changes, click here: http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/10067570/football-bowl-subdivision-head-coaching-changes)
- Charlie Strong to Texas: Best move of the year. When Strong got hired by Louisville from Florida, I knew he’d win. Texas is a much tougher spot than UL, but Strong will make the Horns relevant again.
- Chris Peterson to Washington: This stunned me a little. After being offered SEC and Big 12 jobs, he took the UW job. I guess it works because he already owns the Northwest in recruiting.
- James Franklin to Penn State: Franklin rebuilt Vandy. And Penn State was left in great shape by Bill O’Brien. Once the sanctions are over, he should have PSU back in the Top 25.
- Derrick Mason to Vanderbilt: This was smart by Vandy. They hire a defensive guru that was at an academic school. So he basically switched from Pac-12 smarts to SEC smarts.
- Steve Sarkisian to USC: Sark left Washington for the “greener pastures” of SoCal and USC. I guess it makes sense that he was there previously, but he wasn’t the greatest at UW. He was 34-29 and had a 24-21 conference record with some decent talent.
- Bryan Harsin to Boise State: Harsin was the coach at Arkansas State. If you know anything about Arkansas State, they’ve had 4 coaches in 4 years. Hugh Freeze started the tradition. It was strange because you’d think ASU would have something in a contract stating a coach couldn’t leave after a year. (They now do.)
- Dave Clawson to Wake Forest: Clawson was the coach at Bowling Green. Where he went 32-31 in his time there. Sure, he had success at FCS level. But that doesn’t really matter in D-1. Plus, Wake is a hard sell to anyone.
- Bobby Petrino to Louisville: Wow. (I think that was my initial reaction). Petrino left UL after a fairly stellar career there to coach the Atlanta falcons. That was his big mistake. After less than a year in ATL, he left notes on players lockers and headed to Fayetteville to become the Arkansas coach. Well, we all know what happened. Then Western Kentucky hired him (maybe out of desperation?). Now he’s taken the (roughly) 1,700 mile loop back to Louisville. From one standpoint, he’s a winner. But has he changed his moral character?
(The following are former HC’s that are now assistants at other schools)
- Garrick McGee to Louisville: This move shows how bad the UAB job really is. If you leave a head coaching gig to take an assistant job at another school, what does that say about the program? Sure, you play at Legion Field (which is way too big) and you’re maybe the 6th best school in Alabama.
- Lane Kiffin to Alabama: Saban must have forgotten to eat his Little Debbies that morning. Possibly the most bizarre hire of the year. And why do you hire him after the flops at USC and Tennessee?