Getting our goodbyes in now to Mark Helfrich
Like battering Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich on the message boards? Don’t get used to it. Big program frontmen don’t get any margin for error and with that the never-ending chase for success comes the loss of continuity that coaching student athletes was once about.
There’s a common misperception among civilian ranks that football’s head coaches, especially on a collegiate level, have to be one part field general, one part molder of men and one part strategic mastermind. That’s not entirely true. Not today anyway.
Today it’s more like keep one bag packed and one eye on The Scoop for job openings.
The average FBS head coach at just under 18 months before being dismissed or moving on has a shorter career lifespan than the potato splitter at In-N-Out. Fifty-five of the 125 head coaches don’t make it into a bowl game each year and that all…
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