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The Art of Hiring a Football Coach

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. The Seattle Times did a great job with this, talking to some PAC 12 ADs about the behind-the-scenes of hiring a coach ...


    It's also some great insight as to how names get out there ...

    Thought this was telling ...

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    My favorite coaching searches of all-time... (Probably because I didn't have to cover either...). This isn't counting guys who accepted jobs and then had to resign before they coached a single game because they lied on their resume or frequented strip clubs.

    Gruden to the Bucs. - Depending on who which story you believe, they had Parcells signed and he backed out. There were a couple others who were on the verge of getting the job and then it came out that they were going to trade picks to San Fran for Mariucci. One of the papers reported that Mariucci was a lock. Then the next day, Gruden got the job.

    Saban to Alabama - Rich Rodriguez had told multiple members of the media that he had accepted the job, then backed out. The former South Florida coach and a bunch of other mediocre coaches turned them down, then the PB Post (Greg Bedard) came out of nowhere and reported that Saban was leaving the Dolphins to take an insane contract from Bama. The numbers Bedard reported were so ridiculous that there was no way it could have been true and Saban denied it so many times and every report that came out on ESPN tried to distance itself from the crazy PB report.

    Then, every bit of what Bedard had written was 100 percent true. I don't know if I've ever seen a reporter beat up that much over a report that was proven to be so spot on. I know Greg and I was scared shitless for him and I could not have been happier for him when he was right.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Chris Sheridan just prepared a libel suit and he doesn't know why.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    What are you referring to?
  5. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    The difference is, when Sheridan wrote that, a lot of people thought he was right.

    When Bedard wrote that Saban was going to leave the Dolphins for the Bama job, nobody thought he was right.
  7. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    It was a joke. I'll move along.

    Excellent work by Bud Withers, for what it's worth.
  8. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the link, Evil. Good job by Bud Withers. He got some great insights, especially from Moos and both Byrnes. I believe Bud was one of the first -- if not the first -- people reporting Leach was coming to WAZZU.
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Not to disparage the excellent reporting in this story, but the "art" of hiring a coach seems to consist of being willing to hire a coach quite rightly regarded as carrying more baggage than Norwegian Cruise Lines by everybody else.
    If there was a bidding war for Rodriguez, it didn't make the media.
  10. DanielSimpsonDay

    DanielSimpsonDay Active Member

    Rick Reilly was pilloried over his Jordan comeback piece.


  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd forgotten about that one... Nice pull...
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