Sunday Bloody Sunday As 5 College Coaches Get The Pink Slip
Yes once again ladies and Gents we know college sports is about “student” athlete. Um no it isn’t. Now “athlete” student might be more like it. Sunday was ax wielding day around college football as 5- D1 coaches got the heave ho.
Let’s start our way with only 2 years removed from a perfect season and national championship coach Gene Chizik at Auburn. He won the whole thing with Cam Newton just 2 years ago but a fast and hard fall that culminated with a humiliating Iron Bowl loss to Alabama got Chizik whacked. Auburn finished 8-5 last year but this year-UGLY at 3-9 and a loss to Bama 49-0 on Saturday. Auburn was often taken out to the woodshed this year and Chizik got the ax. Don’t feel too bad for Geno though. He will get a huge buyout to the tune of 7.5 million. For math geeks that amounts to over 208,000 every month for 3 years. Hey Auburn fan get ready for that tuition increase.
Next up on the firing line is Boston College coach Frank Spaziani out after 4 ugly years as head coach of the eagles and 16 years total service in several capacities. “Spaz” as many BC fans took to calling the now former head man at BC was a paltry 22-29 as the leader of the Eagles, including a brutal 2-10 this past season.
Not to be out done fellow ACC member North Carolina State gave Tom O’Brien his walking papers Sunday. Ironically O’Brien was the head coach at BC before Spaziani replaced him when O’Brien jumped ship 6 years ago. O’Brien’s team this year was a decent 7-5 and will go to a bowl game but he won’t be coaching them. O’Brien’s team was inconsistent this year but the high point was beating then unbeaten Florida State who was 5-0 when the Wolfpack beat them.
Ok next is Colorado head man Jon Embree. He lasted just 2 terrible years at CU. The Buffs were often pasted by their Saturday foe, to the tune of 1-11 this year and an eye sore 4-21 over 2 years. The 1 time mighty Buffalo’s only win came against inept Washington State this season. The Buffs gave up an NCAA Division 1 high of 46 points per game. Yes that equals goner!
Finally the big 10 got in on the “fun” as Purdue said see ya to their scapegoat Danny Hope. I guess the Boilermakers figured they had no Hope with Danny in charge. Hope lasted 4 years at Purdue. This season Purdue went 6-6 and will go to a bowl but Danny won’t be going with them. Over the 4 seasons he lasted Hope went 22-27. His best record was last year when he led the Boilers to a svelt 7-6 record.
If you have a scorecard at home that makes 12 coaches told to pack up and beat it so far. But hey we still have another 90 minutes at the time of this writing on Sunday for other coaches to walk that pink plank. Mama don’t raise your boys to coach!