College Football Coaching Carousel Goes Round and Round

Published on: 1st January, 2011

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New York – The college football coaching carousel continues to reflect questionable judgment and decision-making on the part of the athletic administrations and the men who do the coaching.  

Why would Charlie Weis, having resurrected his coaching reputation in the NFL as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator this season, even consider taking a college job again as an offensive coordinator? Even if the job is with the University of Florida, the notion of Weis working under a first-year head coach, Will Muschamp, in Gainesville, seems like another step backward for the former head coach of Notre Dame. Weis was viewed as something of an offensive genius under Bill Belichick at New England, winning a couple of Super Bowls. It led to the big contract with the Fighting Irish, where he mostly struggled over the five years of his contract to get that program on a winning track.  A college job at the head coaching level makes more sense for Weis at this stage, unless he has decided to bag the head coaching dream and work a little further under the radar. That Notre Dame spotlight is a pressure cooker for anyone in that job. Maybe Charlie doesn’t want to go back in that direction.

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New Pitt coach Mike Haywood was jailed on a domestic violence charge after a struggle at his South Bend home.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.

“The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend, Indiana,” the school said in an e-mailed statement. “The University expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter. The University will decline further comment until more complete information is available.”

Haywood will be held without bond in the St. Joseph County jail until he goes before a judge. Redman said that might occur over the weekend, but no later than Monday.

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The University of Maryland was giving Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech head coach a tour of its College Park campus at exactly the same time its Terrapins football team was playing in and winning its bowl game in nearby RFK Stadium in Washington. How classy of the new Athletic Director at Maryland to fire long-time head coach Ralph Friedgen, a 1970 Maryland alum, after a season he was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, leading the Terps to an 8-4 record and its first bowl game in many years.  Friedgen has said many times over the years how this job was the only one he’s ever desired. He gave his heart and soul to the school and his thanks was to give Mike Leach the royal tour before Friedgen’s last game was completed (and won). Pathetic.

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