The implosion of Mike Rice’s Rutgers career served as a stark reminder that coaching changes don’t always go by the book in NCAA basketball. Some of the biggest names in collegiate coaching history have left jobs (or had jobs pulled out from under them) under some decidedly unusual circumstances.
One coach who found out just how fast success could turn sour was former UCLA head man Jim Harrick. Just over a year after he brought the national championship back to Westwood, Harrick found himself thrown out on his ear for financial improprieties involving his Bruins players.
Read on for more on Harrick’s ouster and the rest of the most surprising coaching moves—voluntary and otherwise—in the annals of the college game.