“Never work with animals or children.”
No one’s really crying all that much for multi-millionaire head coaches who get canned, and then are able to go latch on immediately somewhere else as a highly-paid assistant.
Yes, they have to move their families all around the country, and they’re almost never able to settle in at once place, but that’s baked into the cake for anyone who chooses this profession.
With all of that said, sometimes, being a major college football head coach suuuuuuuuuucks.
Barry Odom could not be more Missouri.
Great guy, great family, wants to run a program the right way – whatever that means in today’s day and age – and he’s one of the best defensive minds in football.
His teams improved each year in his first three seasons, and then came 2019, with unfair NCAA sanctions forced on the school to put a cloud over a season that had no carrot at the end of the stick.
QB Kelly Bryant was terrific right up until he got banged up, the second half of the season had four road games in the final six – to go along with a home game against Florida – the offense fell flat, and, all things considered, the year ended with a respectable 6-6 record.
Matt Luke could not be more Ole Miss.
Great guy, great family, needed to run the program the right way after the Hugh Freeze era, and he was able to adapt to his personnel on the fly to run offensive coordinator Rich Rodriguez’s offense to bust out a devastating ground game.
He had to deal with the aftermath of the NCAA issue and everything that happened under Freeze, this was going to be a bit of a rebuilding year anyway, and out of his eight losses, all of them were against bowl bound teams including LSU, Alabama, Auburn, and Memphis.
All he needed was for WR Elijah Moore to not do his whizzing dog thing, and Ole Miss probably nails the extra point. If the Rebels win in overtime, they finish 5-7, knock rival Mississippi State out of a bowl and to the same 5-7 record, and everyone’s happy.
Moore did his thing, kicker gacked the extra point, program now not going in the right direction.
You actually could get more USC than Clay Helton, but he’s been with the program since 2010.
Great guy, great family, wants to run a program the right way – whatever that means in today’s day and age – and he’s one of the best offensive minds in football.
He won a Pac-12 title, won a Rose Bowl, and took his team to an 8-4 season – handing Utah its only loss – despite being down to what once was a fourth-string quarterback. With a bowl win he’ll have a nice nine-win campaign with a LOADED team coming back in 2020.
He closed out the season with five wins in the last six games – the only loss coming to Oregon – with a blowout win over UCLA to finish up the regular season, but … he’s not Urban Meyer.
And you’re wondering why Chris Petersen needs to recharge.
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