OT: What are the 10 Worst College Football Coach Hiring Decisions of the 21st Century?

Submitted by Search4Meaning on October 1st, 2013 at 8:40 PM

According Yahoo's Pat Forde's 100 minute Twitter session with 366 voters, the answers are:


10. Bill Callahan - Nebraska

9.  Ron Turner - Florida International

8.  Paul Pasqualoni - Connecticut

7.  Greg Robinson - Syracuse

6.  Mike Locksley - New Mexico

5.  Ellis Johnson - Southern Mississippi

4.  Derek Dooley - Tennessee

3.  Lane Kiffin - USC

2.  Steve Kragthorpe - Louisville

and finally...

1.  Rich Rodriguez - Michigan


Entire article below.  Your thoughts?





angry byrne

October 1st, 2013 at 8:53 PM ^

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...Actually, some of those were head scratchers at the time of the hire, but some of them were pretty well received, if my memory serves correct.  I would have to say that Callahan would be higher than that.  Nebraska kind of got what it deserved when they fired a dude for going 9-3.


October 1st, 2013 at 8:50 PM ^

If you don't mind terribly, please do the mods a favor and focus the discussion on just how smooth the Mike Locksley - Bob Davie transition has been for the Lobos so far. 


October 1st, 2013 at 9:04 PM ^

Bobby Williams at State? Those turned out to be horrible hires, just as bad if not worse than some of the names on that list.

Do we get a special category for George O'Leary at Notre Dame and Mike Price at Alabama?


October 1st, 2013 at 9:05 PM ^

Pretty much on point.  Lane Kiffin would be the only challenge to RR IMO given the prestige of the position and epic fail, but given that Lane took over with sanctions and the best an RR apologist can come up with is the bare cupboard meme, RR at #1 is probably right. 

Mr. Peteyall

October 1st, 2013 at 9:07 PM ^

I'll tell you man, when those RR-apologists get going, it gets me going!  That man brought Michigan down to epic lows for three years and yet people still "Wish him well in Arizona:]" and such.  Guess what?! I don't!


October 1st, 2013 at 9:17 PM ^

I was an RR apologist the first 2 years.  I claimed he didn't have the necessary horses in year 1, and the Denard love fest in year two led me to believe he could just fix the defense to mediocre level by year 3 and we would be good.  I was very wrong.  He almost completely igonored aspects of the game outside of offense, and was unwilling to adapt to different systems, defenses, talent of his players, etc.


October 1st, 2013 at 9:37 PM ^

We wish him well because by all accounts he seemed like a decent human being who just didn't work out. I'm not going to curse him and send him bad wishes over a game. It's not like he was some monster out to destroy Michigan football.

We went to a decent bowl game in his third year. Was Lloyd Carr setting the world on fire? Did RichRod lose to App State at home with a senior laden preseason #5 team? Lloyd apologists are even worse. They refuse to accept the fact that this guy actively subverted his successor and created a division within the AD.


October 1st, 2013 at 11:08 PM ^

So wrong. Lloyd won numerous B1G championships and a national championship, while RR did nothing for Michigan football. I am so sick of all the Lloyd bashing. Yes he had some tough losses, but the guy is a hall of fame coach, has contributed so much to the university on and off the field (e.g., for Mott and the cancer center), and he is an all around good person -- yet he gets disrespected so frequently by clowns like you on this blog. Give it a rest


October 2nd, 2013 at 12:40 AM ^

I just hate the ill will on this blog by ass clowns who constantly want to bash RR or say 'fuck him, I hope he fails'. The guy was not some monster who sought to destroy the program or something. It's not like he was in charge of disaster relief and utterly failed cauing loss of life -- the guy sucked at one coaching job. Say "I wish him well going forward but I'm glad he's not Michigan's coach". There's no need to constantly bash the guy. And when he's going to constantly be bashed, yeah people are going to bring up other's actions as a defense to his character. "Michigan men" (whatever that terms means [only thing I hate more than 'fergodssake']) don't act the way Lloyd did just for not getting his way. Tough losses are an understatement.

When the RR haters give it a rest, so will I.


October 2nd, 2013 at 9:08 AM ^

Totally agree.  RR is/was an offensive coordinator and nothing more, who happened upon some good luck at WVA to get paired up with decent defensive coordinators.  This was all exposed when he came here but no one can deny he tried his best while here.  He wanted the same thing we did which was for Michigan to succeed. 

I will always root for the man.  He tried to help us, he just failed but his intentions were always honorable.


October 2nd, 2013 at 11:56 AM ^

LIke all coaches, Lloyd Carr had his shortcomings and blind spots. I agree that the program was ossified and sputtering a bit by the end of his tenure.

To say he was a joke and that he didn't have anything to do with the NC in '97 is idiotic, delusional, and profoundly ignorant, and there is a roster of players from that squad that would tell you so to your face.