Why Though? Go Home, Coaching Carousel. You’re Already Drunk


It’s not even fully the end of college football season yet, and the coaching shuffle has already jumped the freaking shark, y’all.

To kick things off, we have a flurry of foolery at Tennessee, where the Volunteers hired and then un-hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano all within a matter of hours.

After years and years of piddling success in the SEC, Vols fans decided NOT TODAY, and unloaded a wave of righteous fury in the direction of athletic director John Currie.

To be fair, Schiano was an…uninspired option for UT, to say the least. It was completely valid to not like the hire. What wasn’t valid, though? The rumor-fueled storm that rained down false allegations that Schiano was involved with the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal, from his years spent in Happy Valley.

And the rumors weren’t limited to social media. Some daring UT fan went so far as to paint this shocking statement on the Rock on Tennessee’s campus:

The UT athletic department and Schiano himself swiftly and vehemently denied these claims:

When all was said and done, though, UT rescinded their offer to Schiano and was forced to continue their coaching search elsewhere. But even without the baseless allegations, Vols Nation made it loud and clear on social media – be they fans, former players or even elected officials – that they would not stand for this coaching selection malpractice in Knoxville:

And the STATE, though, you guys. The whole state!

Seriously, though? These fans are out of control.

You would have thought it ended there with the shenanigans, but we were just getting started. After Schiano, Tennessee went after Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy.

Fans got really excited about the possibility of the mullet in Knoxville, but ultimately, Gundy was like “nah,” and elected to stay in Stillwater:

And with that, ESPN analyst Stan Verrett brought up a very interesting point: the more UT swings and misses on coaches, the more they may likely overpay when they have to settle on a lesser candidate:

Because things couldn’t have been any more absurd, Lane Kiffin was dragged back into this, for some reason:

But the best part? Everyone getting them jokes off about the entire situation:

When Kiffin is firing off tweets at your expense, you’ve really done something special, Tennessee fans.

But wait! There’s MORE. On Wednesday, sports radio host Jimmy Hyams reported that Tennessee had found a coach after all:

Less than two hours later, Bruce Feldman came through and essentially squashed that:

So here we are, a few days removed from Schiano’s un-hiring and (at the time of writing this, anyway), Tennessee still doesn’t have any takers for the job.

It’s an interesting situation because on one hand, Vols Nation had every right to raise hell about the Schiano hire. They had every right to make their voices heard that they would not continue to pay for a mediocre product, given the once-rich history of the football program. More fan bases need to own their power like that, and demand better.

But using rumors of involvement in the Penn State scandal to achieve that? Why, though? It was completely unnecessary – and incredibly hurtful, let’s be real – to use that as the scapegoat reason, when the real reason was enough.

Tennessee may find that it struggles to land a big-name coach in the wake of the fans’ rebellion, which would only further embarrass the program and its fans.

But UT isn’t the only program for which the coaching carousel is rapidly turning. Out west, the Arizona State Sun Devils are trying to replace Todd Graham, who was relieved of duty over the weekend.

With the exception of Chip Kelly (nabbed by UCLA) and Dan Mullen (snagged by Florida), Arizona State had limitless options with whom to begin their search. And so, after much thought and deliberation, the Sun Devils set their sights on…Herm Edwards.


Don’t get me wrong – Edwards is a brilliant motivational speaker and really developed a talent for being an on-air personality for ESPN. But as a head coach…I don’t know, man. He amassed a 56-78 record as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets (2001-2005) and the Kansas City Chiefs (2006-2008). Not great, to say the least.

Furthermore, he hasn’t coached in nearly a decade! Why should Edwards be the guy? Seriously, why though? He doesn’t resonate with current high school-aged students as a coach. What’s the upside? What’s the strategy, here? Was no one else considered a viable option that ASU resorted to reaching out to a retired coach?

Twitter was very confused by this, to say the least:

And per the latest reports as of Wednesday night, it looks like ASU is actually doing this, you guys. They’re actually going to give the program to Edwards.

I have endless questions for everyone involved.