The weekend’s spin of the college football coaching carousel had two interesting local wrinkles with one unifying thread.
First former Bucs coach Greg Schiano agreed to a contract that would make him Rutgers’ coach again, pending approval from the school’s board of governors Tuesday. Then USF announced the dismissal of coach Charlie Strong, leading our Joey Knight to report that former Bulls (and Seminoles) coach Willie Taggart could have interest in returning to Tampa.
That leads to these questions: What are the odds Schiano’s homecoming works out? How do sequels typically compare to the originals? Here’s a look at how some other notable coaches did in their first and second stints as a school’s head coach:
Bill Snyder, Kansas State
First stint (1989-2005): 136-68-1. Finished in the top 10 six times in the program’s best run ever
Second stint (2009-18): 79-49-0. Had early trips to the Cotton and Fiesta Bowls but averaged 7 ½ wins over his final six seasons
Bobby Petrino, Louisville
First stint (2004-06): 41-9: Won at least nine games every season and left for the Falcons after a 12-1 Orange Bowl run
Second stint (2014-18): 36-26. Helped Lamar Jackson win the Heisman but was fired after a disastrous 2-8 start in his final year
Mark Whipple, UMass
First stint (1998-2003): 49-26. Won Division I-AA national title in Year 1 and had five winning seasons in six years
Second stint (2014-18): 16-44. Never won more than four games in a season
Mike Riley, Oregon State
First stint (1997-98): 8-14. Improved his win total by two from Year 1 to Year 2
Second stint (2003-14): 85-66: Went to eight bowls and won 10 games in 2006
Randy Edsall, UConn
First stint (2000-10): 70-63. Took the Huskies to their highest heights, the Fiesta Bowl in the 2010 season
Second stint (2017-present): 6-30. Fielded one of the worst defenses in college football history last fall and has one of the 10 worst teams in the nation this year, too.
Gary Andersen, Utah State
First stint (2009-12): 26-24. Went 11-2 and finished No. 16 nationally in his final year before going to Wisconsin
Second stint (2019-present): 7-5. Didn’t match the record of an 11-win team he inherited, even with a future NFL quarterback (Jordan Love)
Mack Brown, North Carolina
First stint (1988-97): 69-46-1. Went 1-10 in his first year and 10-1 in his final one to help transform UNC’s basketball-only image
Second stint (2019-present): 6-6. Nearly upset mighty Clemson earlier this season
Greg Schiano, Rutgers
First stint (2001-11): 68-67. Made it to a bowl game six times in last seven years
Second stint: ??