Gary Moeller had already been given a second chance before he unfortunately visited a popular Detroit area restaurant in 1995.
From 1977-79 Moeller was the head football coach at Illinois, where he compiled a dismal 6-24-3 record. Moeller immediately returned to Michigan where he previously worked under Bo Schembechler.
For the next nine seasons, Moeller coached the quarterbacks before holding both coordinator positions. It was no surprise when Schembechler basically hand-picked him to take over.
From 1990-94 Moeller assembled some excellent football teams. His overall record was 44-13-3, while posting a 30-8-2 Big Ten slate. Included in the run were three Big Ten titles and four bowl wins.
If Moeller had any off-field issues, the Michigan brass did an excellent job of keeping them quiet.
He was forced to resign in May 1995 after video tapes were released over a drunken outburst at the then-Excalibur Restaurant on April 28.
Moeller eventually worked as an assistant for four NFL teams, while holding the Detroit Lions head coaching job for a partial season in 2000.
There are several other coaches who had dream jobs but eventually tossed them aside, or put them in extremely jeopardy.
Here’s just a few of them.