Is 2010 Turning Out To Be a Coaches' Betrayal Nightmare?
As I've read from different sources about the head coaches that have turned their back on the teams they should care about the most, it absolutely disgusts me. In the past month or so, we've witnessed some of the worst coaching contract offerings of the new year, and at the worst of times. Here's the list of the three coaches I found, that I consider to have betrayed their football programs.
Brian Kelly (Former Cincinnati Bearcats Coach)
The guy was a legitimately solid coach at the Cincinnati Bearcats. In the 2009-2010 Bowl Championship Series he brought Cinci' to be the fourth best team in the nation, and brought them to the Chik-Fil-A Orange Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. But a few weeks before their big night in the Georgia Dome, Coach Kelly signs a contract to immediately begin coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The head coaching position at Notre Dame is known for being a program in shambles and they have not gone to a bowl game in years.
Brian Kelly's decision seems detrimental to his reputation in my eyes. He went from a prosperous and successful coaching job at Cincinnati, and now he is taking up a program at Notre Dame that is a blackened head coaching position. Leaving... Or as I call, "abandoning" the Bearcats before their biggest game of the year against the (3) Florida Gators is not only a mistake, but thick-headed and senseless. Some say, and I believe, that if Brian Kelly and his normal offensive coordinator had been coaching during the Orange Bowl it would have been a much closer game. This is a black mark on Brian Kelly's clean coaching record.
Pete Carroll (Former USC Trojans Coach)
In my opinion, I've never liked Pete Carroll. But this confirms why I don't prefer him- he left USC for a Seatle Seahawks team that was one of the worst in the league this year. Pete Carroll was prosperous at the University of Southern California, you can even go look at the records. To give a little history, Pete Carroll was the former coach of the New England Patriots, and led them to an embarrassing season.
What strikes me as odd, is that Carroll is leaving USC to move to a league that he knows that he did not coach well in. In my opinion, college football is his place of glory, not the NFL. The NCAA and the NFL are two totally different leagues pertaining to their speed and toughness. The Seahawks think they are in a safe position with a new coach, but I think they should still be quite worried.
Lane Kiffin (Former Tennessee Volunteers Coach)
Lane Kiffin, is a name that has been used in controversy all year. When most people think of him, they remember that he tried to talk smack to more than a few teams. Despite Kiffin's "words of wisdom," he ended up bringing Tennessee to a bowl game and beginning the new recruiting season with a strong defensive commitment. Before Lane Kiffin's journey to Knoxville, he was head coach of the Oakland Raiders with his father Monte at his side as defensive coordinator.
Lane Kiffin's father has brought the idea of a strong defense to every team that he and his son have coached together. Monte Kiffin is highly respected in the college and NFL defensive world. Together they will now coach the USC Trojans, even though they spent only one year leading the Tennessee Volunteers. Good thing they did this is post-season because Tennessee will have to rebuild their football team... Again.
In my opinion, all of these coaches were either trying to live a dream that they were already living, or just in search of a bigger paycheck. Kiffin, Kelly, and Carroll are all examples of big mistakes that big coaches have made. As a new NCAA rule, I think that if coaches want to change positions and transfer to another program, they should have to pay a hefty penalty for leaving their former program in the dust.
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