Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? College Football's Most Investigated Coaches
The college football season is months away, and we are already hearing news of more investigations into the practice habits of Rich Rodriguez.
It begs the question: Do coaches really practice the old adage "if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying?"
Rodriguez isn't the only coach to feel the heat of an NCAA investigation. From recruiting violations to sex scandals to accusations of abuse of players, the coaches on this list have all felt the heat.
Oh Richard! Rodriguez would have been wise to study the tragic story of Kelvin Sampson of college basketball infamy.
News broke earlier this week that the NCAA was questioning Rodriguez's former employer, West Virginia, about practice lengths and amount of time spent on football-related activities.
It is the same issue that got Rich Rod in hot water last year at his new gig at Michigan. Although the chronology is a bit different than it was for Sampson—he got in trouble first at his old school—the end result could be the same.
We all appreciate players that work harder than they have to, but it means a bit more when they do so voluntarily and not because the coach yells at you to do so.
Who would have thought that the high-profile coach from Texas Tech that was sent packing wasn't named Knight?
Leach is a smart guy, but he should have known what he was up against when he decided to take on the mothership ESPN and one of its own, Craig James.
When Leach allegedly put James' kid into a closet, or some storage shed, he clearly wasn't thinking, "Hey, I could get fired for this."
That is essentially what happened, and it goes to show no matter how much of an offensive genius you are, and no matter how successful you've been at the state of Texas' No. 1 religion, you aren't above using common sense.
Mangino is best know for his girth and his recent firing from Kansas following accusations of abusing players.
But that wasn't his first run-in with the NCAA at his stint in Lawrence. In 2005 Kansas reported five major violations to the NCAA, including academic fraud.
In 2006 the University was said to be lacking institutional control, and it showed this fall when Kansas football and basketball players were involved in a fight.
So much for school spirit.
Mangino was shown the door shortly thereafter and leaves a legacy of troubles as large as his shadow.
What can you say about Mike Price? The man liked the nightlife, he liked to boogie—and he liked the strippers.
The former Alabama coach was well respected when he coached Washington State, but it was a whole new ball game when he went to coach the Crimson Tide.
Problem is his penchant for the nightlife cost him his job before he coached a single game.
What Price failed to realize was that Alabama cares about winning football games more than breathing, so embarrassing their reason for living was not a good idea.
I can only think of one other man who was shown the door faster. That would be...
O'Leary famously left Georgia Tech for his dream job at Notre Dame, a job that lasted less than a week.
As it turned out, George was great at having a Notre Dame clause added to his contract but wasn't so good at filling out his job application.
This cost him his job because "Thou shalt not tell lies" means a lot in South Bend.
He has resurfaced at Central Florida, where he is feeling some heat not due to the sun, but because he has had a player die on him in practice.
While no disciplinary action has been taken, it can't be a good feeling to be investigated for being responsible for a player's death.
Carroll resurrected the USC program after two failed attempts to run an NFL program.
He seemed to have it all with the Trojans. So why leave now for a Seahawks job that, while it pays well, isn't really as attractive in my opinion as the USC job?
It may have something to do with the NCAA poking their noses in the recruitment of Reggie Bush. Carroll vehemently denied that had anything to do with his leaving.
I guess if you are a believer in coincidences, then go ahead and believe it.
Now USC turns to another guy the NCAA has been looking at as well, and he has only been a head college coach for one year.
Kiffin, like George O'Leary, left a good job for his dream job. Unlike O'Leary, Kiffin hadn't really proven he could be a good head coach.
Perhaps he will be able to ride his pal Pete Carroll's success for a bit with the Trojans, but how long before his predecessors or his own issues come back to haunt him?
There is something to be said about karma, and Kiffin hasn't got much of the good stuff. Beside leading Tennessee to what most Volunteer fans would consider a mediocre year, Kiffin has drawn the interest of the NCAA.
Apparently he used some very attractive college "hostesses" to draw the interest of some big-time recruits.
It might be much ado about nothing, but nothing this man does seems to turn to gold, so I hope USC is ready for that.
No one had really heard much about South Florida football until its founding father Jim Leavitt helped guide the newly enshrined Big East school to national prominence.
While they were never at the level of say Florida or Florida State, Leavitt was able to make some noise in a relatively weak Big East conference.
It turns out he was allegedly working over his players in the process. He denies anything happened, and much like Mike Leach he was kicked to the curb despite the success he had brought them.
Goes to show you that in this day and age, bad publicity isn't just publicity anymore. It gets you fired, right or wrong.