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RedOctober3829

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Here are the schools that fired head coaches that I know about.
UNC
Western Kentucky
Texas Tech
Colorado
Maryland
Louisville
Texas State
Bowling Green
UMass
Charlotte
Kansas--hired Les Miles to replace David Beaty.
 

JMDurron

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At last, a list that Auburn should be on, but this time is not, unlike the preseason rankings list. Sadly, the University President had to go and give Gus Malzahn all of the $ last year, so...
 

PaulinMyrBch

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There are reports that UNC is going to bring Mack Brown back as head coach.
http://footballscoop.com/news/mack-brown-unc-head-coach/
I bet someone on the Board of Trustees at UNC looked around the room and said "he's younger than Roy" when this was discussed.

Ryan Switzer had some tweets this weekend where he mentioned facilities needing upgrades for any coach to have a legit shot at recruiting. Can't imagine the age of the coach will make recruiting any easier.
 

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Pure money grab by Brown, not that I blame him. Will be a tough but not impossible job. He could almost certainly find a higher profile position.

He'll do well there for a couple of years before burning out. Doubt he gets a win over Clemson, but at least he can finally beat Florida State.
 

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Mack Brown is the same age as Nick Saban (not comparing anything else about them, just that), so I don't really see how old he is being an issue. I don't think the alums and fans are under delusions of grandeur about the football program, just hopeful somebody can return it to a contender in the non-Clemson portion of the league.

UNC needed to rebuild the football brand and reconnect with the recruiting base here, something Fedora took a blowtorch to, and this hire should help with that given MB's recruiting track record.

UNC also has an absolutely brand new indoor football complex (they just moved into it like two weeks ago), so while I certainly respect Ryan's opinion, I don't really know exactly what else he would be looking for.
 
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PaulinMyrBch

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Mack Brown is the same age as Nick Saban (not comparing anything else about them, just that), so I don't really see how old he is being an issue. I don't think the alums and fans are under delusions of grandeur about the football program, just hopeful somebody can return it to a contender in the non-Clemson portion of the league.

UNC needed to rebuild the football brand and reconnect with the recruiting base here, something Fedora took a blowtorch to, and this hire should help with that given MB's recruiting track record.

UNC also has an absolutely brand new indoor football complex (they just moved into it like two weeks ago), so while I certainly respect Ryan's opinion, I don't really know exactly what else he would be looking for.
Saban has been dealing with negative recruiting regarding his age for a few years now. So that’s all I’m referring to. When you are an older coach, other coaches tell recruits you won’t be there much longer. At least Brown can tell recruits he just got there and plans to stay x number of years. But age is a factor in recruiting.

As for Switzer, not sure how to link his twitter. Here’s the content of the tweet I was referring to.

@switz
“Indoor is fantastic and a huge upgrade, but just now getting completed. Weight room, locker room, meeting rooms, training room, players lounge. All old and outdated. And apparently kids these days need those things like they need air.”
 
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Greg29fan

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I know what you mean, but UNC's class is currently ranked in the 60s, so it's not like negative recruiting is going to hurt worse than the actual recruiting has gone for this class.
 

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I think I was too cynical in my earlier post. Mack Brown was in a league of his own in terms of building relationships -- with high school coaches, with the kids' parents. He's going to do quite well in terms of recruiting regardless of his age. I'm sure he's committed to 3/4 years, and what other ACC coach can say to kids with a straight face that they're guaranteed to be with their program longer?
 

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I think I was too cynical in my earlier post. Mack Brown was in a league of his own in terms of building relationships -- with high school coaches, with the kids' parents. He's going to do quite well in terms of recruiting regardless of his age. I'm sure he's committed to 3/4 years, and what other ACC coach can say to kids with a straight face that they're guaranteed to be with their program longer?
Dabo is an interesting case. Before he was at Clemson I would have said that yes any successful coach at Clemson would eventually look to move on to one of the true "Blue Bloods" of the college football world. But he has really built a machine at Clemson. Top notch facilities, university committed to football, power house in recruiting, in a conference with a good number of middling programs. How many jobs right now are actually better than Clemson?

Of course there were these comments from last week https://www.postandcourier.com/sports/dabo-swinney-pops-off-on-teleconference-about-ungrateful-fanbase-threatens/article_2e6fd872-f0ff-11e8-b697-2bd10d1f5904.html but that just seems like bluster.

The obvious move for him is Alabama but Saban doesn't seem to be slowing down and is likely to still be there in 3/4 years.
 

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I guess they didn’t watch very much BC offensive game tape... good for him getting an HC job. If Bates was still AD this MACtion job would have him leader in the clubhouse for next HC job... Bates loved the MAC
 

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I saw that GT alum Ken Whisenhunt is being strongly linked with the Georgia Tech job, which as someone who wants to see Tech do well frightens me immensely.

Whisenhunt is a weird case. He was a good coordinator (and back to being one) then did great in Arizona with Warner and then he could never find a qb and it got ugly. He had real success in a place that never really did. I’m not sure he is bad.

I do always wonder about how well these longtime NFL guys can recruit.
 

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Whisenhunt is a weird case. He was a good coordinator (and back to being one) then did great in Arizona with Warner and then he could never find a qb and it got ugly. He had real success in a place that never really did. I’m not sure he is bad.

I do always wonder about how well these longtime NFL guys can recruit.
My worries about Whisenhunt are at least as much down to the the latter, and general difficulties in transitioning to being a college coach, as they are about the struggles he had in the NFL. How often do great, or even good, college coaches emerge from NFL coaching backgrounds? That just doesn't seem like a high-odds proposition to me.
 

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Do they want to keep the option; in which case I'd go after Monken (sp?) from Army.
Yeah, I saw his name on a shortlist as well. There's no real historical reason for Georgia Tech to be a triple-option team - Tech won a national championship less than 30 years ago with a normal offense - but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to transition away from it using the players Johnson recruited.
 

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Yeah, I saw his name on a shortlist as well. There's no real historical reason for Georgia Tech to be a triple-option team - Tech won a national championship less than 30 years ago with a normal offense - but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to transition away from it using the players Johnson recruited.
UVA was ranked #1 into November, Nantz was calling college football games. Man we're old.
 

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My worries about Whisenhunt are at least as much down to the the latter, and general difficulties in transitioning to being a college coach, as they are about the struggles he had in the NFL. How often do great, or even good, college coaches emerge from NFL coaching backgrounds? That just doesn't seem like a high-odds proposition to me.
if you really want to see why to worry about NFL retreds, look back to what we at BC call the 'Henning Error"
 

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Purple Wizard to be replaced by Sean Litrell? A friend close to UNT says it’s going to happen.

Talk about a philosophy change.
 

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I posted in the CFB thread already but Turner Gill stepped down at Liberty and the rumor is Hugh Freeze might be offered the job.
 

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I posted in the CFB thread already but Turner Gill stepped down at Liberty and the rumor is Hugh Freeze might be offered the job.
Freeze is also a top candidate to take the OC position at Auburn and reportedly is also a candidate for Tennessee's OC job. A cynic might think that Freeze would use the reported offer from Liberty (Jerry Falwell's school) to ease concerns about his baggage and is actually gunning for an SEC job.
 

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Not going to miss this dirty Paul Johnson cut blocks. I will say he did well there.
Finally something Hokies and Hoos can agree on :)

UVA was ranked #1 into November, Nantz was calling college football games. Man we're old.
Tell me about it! (I vividly remember Georgia Tech 41, UVA 38 in Charlottesville that autumn...)
Which eventually led to the t-shirt:

UVA football. #1 in
The Country
The ACC
Virginia

Charlottesville?
 

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Everything is on YouTube these days, isn't it?


The thing I actually remembered most vividly about that game was how bad the astroturf was...with soccer field markings much more prominent than the football lines.

But back to the thread topic: I'm quite surprised Klingsbury settled for the USC OC job. He could have become an NFL OC, couldn't he?
 

garlan5

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Freeze is also a top candidate to take the OC position at Auburn and reportedly is also a candidate for Tennessee's OC job. A cynic might think that Freeze would use the reported offer from Liberty (Jerry Falwell's school) to ease concerns about his baggage and is actually gunning for an SEC job.
True but he has some weird connection to liberty now. They're div 1 now and falwell's gonna pay good money to a coach I believe. Rumor is bud Foster maybe a DC candidate and things are shakey in Blacksburg.
 

garlan5

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Finally something Hokies and Hoos can agree on :)




Which eventually led to the t-shirt:

UVA football. #1 in
The Country
The ACC
Virginia

Charlottesville?
Only team in the state ranked #1 in the country!
Y'all go down another memory lane besides UVAs! This is depressing