The culture associated with CFB Head Coaches and the "what have you done for me lately?" mindset amongst impatient fanbases and Universities is getting ridiculous. I'm not talking specifically about Manny or UM, I'm talking in general. With the firing of Eddie O at LSU and Dan Mullen at UF this season, I think we've gone too far. I also thought firing Tom Herman at Texas in favor of Steve Sarkisian was a bit "too far" but not to the extent of the 2 most recent HC casualties. It seems to be "win now or else" no matter who or what the coach has already accomplished in their career, and I'm having a hard time understanding the strategy.
Dan Mullen at UF:
2018 - 10-3 (NY6 bowl victory)
2019 - 11-2 (NY6 bowl victory)
2020 - 8-4 (SEC East Champs, lost to Oklahoma in an NY6 bowl)
2021 - 5-6.
UF hadn't been to an NY6/BCS bowl game since 2012 before Mullen. He took the Gators to 3 in his first 3 seasons and won 2 of them. He also went toe-to-toe with Alabama in 2020 and 2021, losing by an average of 4.5 points in both contests. Recruiting has remained strong under Mullen for most of his time at UF. Mullen clearly had the Gators trending in the right direction compared to the previous staff, and was competitive in head-to-head matchups with the best program in college football. Now they fired him because they've played poorly in the last 4 games while completely disregarding everything he's done since 2018? Pease help me understand what the hell they hope to accomplish by replacing him and starting over again because I just don't get it. There are 130 something FBS teams and only one National Champion every year. The chances of winning it all are microscopic. The best most programs can hope for is to field a competitive team every year who might be good enough to compete for a title. Mullen was getting there. Firing him and hitting the reset button over 4 measly games is just ridiculous, and hey, I hate UF but I can't help but point out how moronic of a move this is.
Firing someone like Mullen and Eddie O only hurts recruiting for their former University, costs a shit ton of money, and almost ensures at least 1-2 shitty seasons while breaking in a new staff only to repeat the process again in 2-3 years. What I'd like to know is who's lead they're following? I don't know of any successful program who fired a proven winner and replaced him with someone who took that program to new heights in 2-3 years. I do know Clemson stuck with Dabo and it paid off. Notre Dame didn't fire Brian Kelly for going 4-8 in 2016 and they've been competitive ever since. Michigan hasn't canned Harbaugh for consistently winning 10 games at Michigan since 2015 yet and they're in the playoff hunt. At what point did we get so ridiculously impatient with coaching staffs and who are fans and Universities looking at around the CFB landscape to justify firing a guy who won a National Championship 19 months ago? I don't see where it's worked at programs like Texas and Tennessee who recycle coaches like tires at the Daytona 500.
I'm not writing this in Manny's defense. The situation isn't the same. 6-7, 8-3, and 6-5/7-5 isn't good enough. Manny doesn't have any kind of signature win like Mullen, Eddie O, or even Tom Herman. I'm currently on the Lane Train (chugga chugga choo choo). But I also have a "go big or go home" mentality. Hire a big name or don't bother. I don't want the UTSA, Appalachian State, or Coastal Carolina guy. I want winners who have spent time around championship caliber teams with relevant P5 HC experience. Lane Kiffin or Mario please. Can't get them? Then you might as well stick with Manny and find an AD who will provide him the resources he needs to build something here. No Joe Schmo from Southwest Montana A&M State is going to come in here and win right away, if at all. Go big or don't bother. Thanks.