Steve Kragthorpe was the one who turned this program around as he came into the 2003 season with absolutely no momentum, with the Golden Hurricane just 2-21 the previous two seasons under Keith Burns.
Yet, Kragthorpe guided them to three bowl appearances and a solid 29-22 record.
The Todd Graham era began and he led them to three 10-win seasons along with one 5-7 season. They finished the season ranked No. 25 and finished 2010 at 67-60 for the decade. Still, Graham shockingly left for the Pitt coaching job and left Bill Blankenship in charge.
No head coaching experience or even as an actual coordinator means he will need some sort of his senior leaders to step up this season. Blankenship was a former Tulsa quarterback (’75-‘79) and actually has coached RBs, WRs, & STs since 2007 but has still never been a coordinator.
Blankenship was a primetime high school head coach in Oklahoma (Spiro, Edmond Memorial, and Union), but D1 Football is certainly a different story.