Things can change quickly in the coaching profession
Posted by: Pete Roussel on January 4, 2013
What a difference a year can make in the coaching profession.
The AFCA Coaches' Convention begins on Sunday in Nashville, where thousands of college football coaches will congregate. A slew of coaches will arrive in search of new leads on jobs. It can be a stressful time for coaches that aren't sure of their future. At the moment, there are a number of quality coaches that have much to be proud of that are out of work. But in the coaching profession, things can change quickly.
Here's how eight coaches were described a year ago, and what they are doing now.
1. Bruce Arians was on the way out of Pittsburgh. While the Steelers' organization noted Arians would retire from coaching, it's widely known that Arians was pushed out. I vividly recall listening to an early morning radio interview with Arians. He sounded depressed and admitted his coaching days may have passed. Now, after a remarkable job as the Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator and interim head coach, Arians reportedly has head coaching interviews lined up for Chicago, San Diego, and Philadelphia Eagles.
2. Jack Del Rio was out of work after losing his job as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach. Have you seen Denver's defense this year. The Broncos will make a run at the Super Bowl with Del Rio as their defensive coordinator.
3. Bill O'Brien was known as the coach that ripped Tom Brady on the sidelines. Since then, O'Brien has been honored as the National Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Club. He has also withdrawn from coaching search at Philadelphia and Cleveland. Most importantly, he has been the leader Penn State desperately needed during this time.
4. Dan Werner was coaching high school football near a large cornfield at tiny North Delta School in Batesville, Mississippi. He's now the co-offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Ole Miss, where he has done a remarkable job developing quarterback Bo Wallace. The Rebels play Pitt on Saturday in Birmingham.
5. PJ Fleck reportedly told Dave Doeren that he wasn't ready to leave Rutgers to become an offensive coordinator. Fleck passed on the opportunity to join the Northern Illinois staff. He then joined the Tampa Bay Bucs staff as the wide receivers coach. Now, at the age of 32, he's the head coach at Western Michigan, where he's preaching 3 things to his team.
6. Greg Schiano was the Rutgers' head coach. He's now looking to fill his quarterback and wide receiver positions as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucs.
7. Randy Shannon was chillin', presumably somewhere on South Beach, while letting his name surface for various coaching job vacancies. Since then, he's coached the linebackers at TCU and is now familiarizing himself with the words, ' Woo Pig Sooie'.
8. Brian Kelly was likely figuring out how in the heck he would straighten out the Irish red zone offense and turnover issues. Now, he's preparing for the BCS National Championship game.
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