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Jack Ruby
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HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
The Kansas/Les Miles thread got me thinking about the most devastating firings/resignations to a football program.

The most killer recent firings are probably Mangino at KU, Petrino at Arkansas, and Leach at Texas Tech.

Kansas and Texas Tech really didn't have much history and their coaches elevated the schools, but Arkansas actually played in an SEC title game (and should have won) just a few years before and have a good history. They may be the biggest blunder of all, in retrospect.

It can be argued strongly that all of these decisions were unwarranted.

The ADs that made the firings, though, were all scared of lawsuits (I know Arkansas was).

Pete Carroll may be a candidate as well but he bailed to avoid show cause sanctions.
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Broski
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Mangino at KU


His last season they went 1-7 in the Big XII, how exactly did that kill KU?


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sms151t
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
I’d say the Hatfield firing/resignation did more damage than Petrino


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JetsetNuggs
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
Phil Fulmer


RLDSC FAN
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
The hiring of Callahan still boggles my mind.


ProfFrink
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The hiring of Callahan still boggles my mind.


And amazingly would make a worse hire a decade later


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volfan30
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Phil Fulmer


Not firing him earlier was the killer.


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KosmoCramer
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Butch Davis, Miami


ETA: may have misread. Are you saying they were forced out or choose to leave?
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ChunkyLover54
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
Solich for sure. 10 wins wasn’t good enough now can’t make a bowl or even play a season


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saintsfan22
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
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His last season they went 1-7 in the Big XII, how exactly did that kill KU?


And Chris Harris was the only good player from that '07 team returning in 2010. KU was hitting the wall no matter what.


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YF12
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
Better question is who hasnt really missed on a hire ever in their respective weight class.

Ohio State maybe the only one? I cant think of anyone else


Bench McElroy
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The hiring of Callahan still boggles my mind.


After the success USC had with Pete Carroll, colleges were trying to replicate what they did by hiring retread coaches from the NFL with no previous college coaching experience. Of course what everybody found out later is that a) Pete Carroll's failures in the NFL was wildly overblown and he wasn't a bad NFL coach and b) A shitty head coach in the NFL will almost certainly be a shitty head coach in college as well.


sms151t
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
John Robinson leaving SC both times killed it

Ted Tolbert destroyed the foundation. Then Hackett absolutely put the progrAm in under siege mode


mizzoubuckeyeiowa
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Pete Carroll may be a candidate as well but he bailed to avoid show cause sanctions


Pretty sure it was that contract Seattle gave him as they had been courting him for years.

And he probably didn't want to pay for what Reggie Bush's Dad did.


sms151t
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Jackie leaving destroyed 2 programs

Pitt and Miss St


ornagestorm
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
East Carolina getting rid of Ruffin McNeill after one bad year.They have been a disaster since then.


YF12
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Pretty sure it was that contract Seattle gave him as they had been courting him for years.

And he probably didn't want to pay for what Reggie Bush's Dad did.


Are we just going to ignore how scummy Pete Carroll was

God that dude deserved some serious punches to the face


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redfish99
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Petrino, best of times. Worst of times for piglets


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saintsfan22
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re: HC firings/resignations that destroyed CFB programs
MSU won 8 games his last 3 years.


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