23 College Football Coaches Who Flopped After Changing Jobs

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23 College Football Coaches Who Flopped After Changing Jobs
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Here’s a question that wasn’t on the SAT this year: Rick Neuheisel is to UCLA as Rich Rodriguez is to _____?

The answer? Well, obviously, it’s Michigan.

Where Neuheisel blazed a trail of success at Washington only to suffer disappointment at UCLA, Rodriguez cashed in on his winning ways at West Virginia to secure what turned out to be an ugly three-season run at Michigan.

It is the age-old story of a successful coach making the monumental decision to change jobs, a move that is considered to be another rung up the career ladder, only to fall tragically to the ground with a loud thud.

Since the possibilities are endless, here’s a look at a sampling of the top coaching flops from the past decade. These are the stories that make us wonder how guys like Chris Petersen, James Franklin, Steve Sarkisian and Charlie Strong will do this season and beyond.


As a note, not included are coaches like Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Cal’s Sonny Dykes, examples of guys who have only been at their new job for one season. We’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, for now.

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