Bobby Petrino has had an interesting football coaching career. He spent four years from 2003 to 2006 building the Louisville program into a conference champion and a major bowl winner. He did the same at Arkansas before some wrongdoings caused his career to take an unusual path that brought him right back to … Louisville (and then fired again!)
With Mack Brown’s hiring at North Carolina and Gary Andersen likely to return at Utah State, it appears that some programs around the country are starting a new trend – hire experienced coaches that maybe even coached the program previously.
North Carolina In the late 1980s, the Tar Heels football program was losing some of its luster under head coach Dick Crum. In 1988, North Carolina hired a then 37-year-old Mack Brown to reignite the program. Brown didn’t win right away going 1-10 in each of his first two seasons. Then, the program took off. Between 1992 and 1997, the Tar Heels won at least nine games four times. In Brown’s final season, North Carolina went 11-1 which led to Brown’s hiring at Texas.
Now thirty years later, a 67-year-old Brown takes over North Carolina once again. Previous head coach Larry Fedora won a couple of ACC Coastal Division titles and took the Tar Heels to four consecutive bowl games. His 5-18 record over the last two seasons though cemented his fate. Now, it is up to Brown to work his magic again. Can he?
Kansas The Jayhawks football program hasn’t won more than four games since 2009, the last season for the head coach Mark Mangino. Mangino actually led the Jayhawks’ best season in history, 12-1, in 2007, but there is no chance that he’ll ever be back in Lawrence. Instead, Kansas went for the experienced Les Miles, who went 114-34 at LSU with a couple SEC titles and the 2007 national championship.
Miles was let go by the Tigers after starting the 2016 season 2-2. Now, he is tasked with turning around one of the worst programs in the country. Under previous head coach David Beaty, the Jayhawks went 6-42 overall and won just two Big 12 games in four seasons. Can Miles win at Kansas?
Utah State In four seasons (2009-12), Andersen built the Aggies into a conference champion. His 11-2 team in 2012 led to him earning the job at Wisconsin where he went a respectable 20-7 before shipping off to Oregon State. That stop didn’t go so well, but Andersen’s previous stint has earned him the role of favorite in the Aggies coaching search. Previous head coach Matt Wells led Utah State to a 10-2 mark in 2018 and virtually the entire roster returns. Yes, Andersen can win again at Utah State.
Will There Be More? It’s entirely possible. Look at many of the coaches fired this season. Kliff Kingsbury was a 33-year-old offensive coordinator who was breaking scoreboards with his offense. Texas Tech hired him and six seasons later fired him because he never could figure out the defensive side of the ball. There is always the hot, young coach that everyone wants. Schools may start shying away from the shiny, new model in exchange for something a little more proven.
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