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Monday, December 22, 2008
Good to see former KSU coach Parrish back as head coach

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It's good to see Stan Parrish receive another opportunity as a head coach.

The Ball State offensive coordinator was elevated Thursday to replace Brady Hoke as the Cardinals' head coach. It was as much his strong work with quarterback Nate Davis that got him his shot as anything else.

Parrish, 62, signed a four-year, $1.4 million contract to coach the Cardinals after turning down a chance to join Hoke's new staff at San Diego State. He will be on the sidelines as the Cardinals' coach Jan. 6 when they meet Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

The reason I find this Parrish's hiring so refreshing is that it proves that you can overcome just about anything if you are resilient enough.

Remember that Parrish was the coach before Bill Snyder arrived at Kansas State in 1988 to orchestrate "The Manhattan Miracle" in the Wildcats' dramatic turnaround. Parrish was 2-30-1 in his three-season stint at Kansas State, finishing with a 27-game winless streak with 11 of those losses by at least 30 points.

Before then, Parrish was a proven winner with successful stints at Division III Wabash and Marshall. His winning record before coming to Kansas State was 55-11-2, including a Jim Tressel-like 42-3-1 record at Wabash in his first five seasons as a head coach.

If nothing else, his resurgence proves his strong coach wiles during a 38-season coaching career that many thought had ended after his struggles at Kansas State. Or at least as a head coach.

From Kansas State, he bounced to Rutgers and then coached at Michigan for six seasons, including two seasons as an offensive coordinator. While there, he coached Tom Brady and served as a quarterbacks coach of Lloyd Carr's staff that earned a share of the national championship in 1997.

And from there, he coached two years with Tampa Bay in the NFL, serving as quarterbacks coach of Brad Johnson on the 2002 team that won the Super Bowl.

Even with those huge titles he helped his team win, I'm sure that Parish has been waiting for his chance to serve as a head coach again.

And something tells me his first win as a head coach again will be particularly sweet after the way his Kansas State tenure finished up.