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College football and the NFL: Looking back at previous mentor-protege matchups

Throughout football history, lots of coaches have matched wits with former assistants. Among them: Woody Hayes coached against Bo Schembechler, Tommy Bowden coached against his father, Bobby Bowden.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 23, 2012

The mentor's first victory was a stunning 35-7 rout in the 2003 Big 12 championship game, which secured Snyder's first conference title. The second was this season, when K-State beat Oklahoma 24-19 in Norman.


Two Super Bowls in the last decade have included a head coach facing one of his former assistants. Both times, the teacher topped the pupil.

In the 2003 Super Bowl, Tampa Bay crushed Oakland 48-21 to conclude Jon Gruden's first season as the Buccaneers' coach.

Bill Callahan led the Raiders; he'd been Oakland's offensive coordinator for the preceding four seasons under Gruden.

Four seasons later, Indianapolis beat Chicago 29-17; Bears coach Lovie Smith was an assistant under the Colts' Tony Dungy from 1996-2000 in Tampa Bay. The 2007 Super Bowl was also notable because Dungy and Smith became the first two African-American Super Bowl head coaches.