What do coaches Ron Prince, Joe Tiller, Phil Fulmer, Tyrone Willingham and President George W. Bush have in common?
All of them are currently working, but none will have a job come January.
Bush at least knew this was going to happen four years ago, but for the four coaches, they had no idea until recently.
And worse, the coaches are still expected to work despite already getting the axe from their respective schools.
I guess there are some perks to being a lame duck. The coaches have free reign do whatever they want for the remaining schedule, because they know they’re are done after the season.
But at the same time, the coaches need to perform to the best of their ability to attract other potential suitors.
So the real question is, if you’re a lame duck coach and you know you are leaving after the season, why not just clear out your office now? You are more than likely just going to be phoning it in for the rest of the season, and that could put both the coach and the school in a bad light.
If I were a coach with one foot out the door and administrators trying to push the other out, I would just leave. I’d take a few months to watch some football, see what other jobs open up and throw my name in the hat.
Plus, usually there are rumors that circle around all coaches, either good or bad, for those with jobs and without. Like Friday, for example, when a Kansas State fan site reported that head coach Gary Patterson was headed to take the helm of the Wildcats at season’s end, less than 24 hours after Patterson’s worst loss as a Horned Frog coach.
Hearing Patterson on a national radio show refuting those rumors was a refreshing feeling.
Patterson is most likely at or near the top of several schools’ wish lists for future head coach positions. This probably won’t be the only time we see rumors like this come out about Patterson, but to know that he cares enough about where he is now to clear the air about his name is good to see.