College football's coaching carousel sends message that bowls don't matter
It's annual anarchy, as coaches who preach cohesion and loyalty and togetherness bolt their teams before their season ends. But the lack of honor isn't cornered just by coaches. Administrators who fire coaches before season's end are culpable, too.
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Plus, the incoming head coach often will be at the bowl game, as a spectator. Darrell Hazle, who has been hired to coach Purdue but laudably still will coach Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, will be in attendance Tuesday to watch the OSU-Purdue game.
Talk about strange.
“At the end of the day, we're still working for Coach Hope and the coaches we have right now,” said Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen. “We have to finish this season strong for the … people that have been working for us all year.”
We know why everyone has a happy trigger. Recruiting causes coaches to jump quick and athletic directors to fire and hire in a hurry. The recruiting calendar is set up so that December is crucial.
“I don't know what can be done,” said A&M coach Kevin Sumlin. “I think the NFL has gotten it right with the timing. But the component the NFL does not have is recruiting.”
A solution would be aligning football signing periods with every other sport's — November and April, instead of February. But despite much discussion, there has been little momentum for such a change.
“So there are a lot more moving parts in college football than in pro football,” Sumlin said. “A lot of things would have to change if you change the way things are done right now.”
Until then, care about bowl games at your own risk. College football's power structure is clear. Bowls don't matter.
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