December 5, 2013 |
NOT EVERY NFL coach hired from the college ranks fails, it just feels that way. For every Bill Walsh, there are three Steve Spurriers. Chip Kelly might or might not match Jimmy Johnson's two Super Bowls, but he's also no Bobby Petrino. With the first three-quarters of Kelly's rookie year in the books, here is a look at some other college-to-NFL head coaches: Successes Bill Walsh, 49ers, 1979: The father of the West Coast offense, Walsh was hired from Stanford and built a juggernaut in San Fran.
December 11, 2012 |
Western Kentucky has hired Bobby Petrino as its new football coach, the school announced Monday. Petrino, 51, replaces Willie Taggart, who left last week to take the South Florida coaching job. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress. Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas before he was dismissed in the wake of the scandal. Petrino had an affair with former Razorback volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who he later hired as a football assistant and gave $20,000 in gifts.
December 10, 2012 |
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 3-1 in 2011 before their season unraveled - sound familiar? - and they lost their last 10 games to finish 4-12 in a free fall that prompted a coaching change. The front office began a wide-ranging search that neared completion in January, when Oregon's Chip Kelly appeared ready to accept the job. When Kelly declined, the Buccaneers regrouped and landed former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. "I knew it was going [in Kelly's direction] when I was involved with them, and quite frankly, I wanted the job, so I wasn't happy," Schiano said.
December 5, 2012 |
WISCONSIN COACH Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas, and Auburn brought back offensive guru Gus Malzahn as its head coach in a blockbuster day for the SEC. Both hirings were announced last night. A source said Bielema's contract with Arkansas is for 6 years and $3.2 million annually. Bielema, Barry Alvarez's handpicked successor at Wisconsin, was 68-24 with the Badgers. He coached Wisconsin to a 17-14 victory over Arkansas in his first season at the Capital One Bowl.
November 18, 2012 |
I promise that this will not be a complete retread of something I wrote nearly 6 years ago when the Atlanta Falcons hired then-University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino to guide their franchise. But I concede that many of the issues will be the same, because little has changed to alter the argument from 2007. As I said then, history tells us that college football coaches, even hot ones who appear to be making all kinds of innovations to the game, rarely succeed when given the opportunity to coach a NFL franchise.
September 27, 2012
As Nebraska's coach, Tom Osborne had one of the most successful runs in college football history. As athletic director, he pulled the football program he and Bob Devaney built out of a nosedive and repaired a fractured department where staff morale had nearly bottomed out. And now, he's almost done. The 75-year-old Osborne announced Wednesday that he will retire Jan. 1 after five years on the job. He'll become athletic director emeritus and stay involved in department operations through July 30. "At some point, whether you're able to function or not, just the perception that you're getting old can get in the way," Osborne said.
September 22, 2012 |
Arkansas coach John L. Smith is trying to wipe away $25.7 million in debt in bankruptcy court and hang onto $1.2 million in retirement accounts and some personal property, all while he leads the Razorbacks through one of the strangest seasons in team history. Smith, who loudly implored reporters to "smile" at a news conference this week, has a meeting with a long list of creditors at U.S. Bankruptcy court in Fayetteville on Oct. 12, the day before the Razorbacks host Kentucky. Smith was coaching Louisville when he began investing in real estate, which he has said was profitable until land values took a nosedive.
September 10, 2012
IT WAS a mini-miracle that Temple was actually within two points midway through the fourth quarter Saturday against Maryland. It was not real, as the Terrapins stormed down the field (11 plays, 75 yards, 4 minutes) for the clinching touchdown in a 36-27 win. The Owls (1-1) had just nine first downs, 52 rushing yards and 230 total yards at Lincoln Financial Field. Maryland (2-0) led by 26-3 at the half before trying to give the game to Temple. When the Owls needed a defensive stop to complete the comeback, they did not get it. Temple was a 10-point favorite but did not play like it. The Owls lost a lot of talent from the team that last year beat Maryland, 38-7, and it showed.
September 7, 2012 |
ARKANSAS COACH John L. Smith filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition Thursday for debts he incurred through real estate investments in Kentucky. Smith told the Associated Press in July he expected to make the filing but also was trying to avoid it. Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Arkansas show Smith has assets of between $1 million and $10 million and debts of between $10 million and $50 million. The filing is preliminary and more details will be added to the record later.
August 16, 2012 |
SECOND-HALF substitute Michael Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute to give the United States its first-ever win at Mexico with a 1-0 victory in a friendly on Wednesday. Brek Shea, who entered 2 minutes earlier, went down the left flank and around Severo Meza before sending a cross to Terrence Boyd. Boyd made a quick backheel pass to Orozco Fiscal, who had entered in the 77th. Orozco Fizcal, who plays in Mexico for San Luis, beat keeper Guillermo Ochoa for his first international goal.