Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Coaching carousel spins again in Big East
By Andrea Adelson
You guys had Temple coach Steve Addazio as the first coach to get hired away from the Big East this season, right?
The news that Addazio had packed his bags for Boston College on Tuesday might have come as a surprise, considering Cincinnati coach Butch Jones and Louisville coach Charlie Strong have gotten much bigger headlines in connection with other job openings. But the truth is, Big East fans have come to expect the coaching carousel to spin wildly in this league.
For the seventh time in eight seasons, at least one Big East coach has left for a job at another school or the NFL. Addazio only stuck around for two years with the Owls, and just one season in the Big East. Jones has reportedly received an offer from Colorado; Strong reportedly received strong interest from Tennessee.
Meanwhile, USF is looking for a new coach after firing Skip Holtz on Sunday. Pitt coach Paul Chryst had his name come up in connection with the open Wisconsin job after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas on Tuesday. Speculation reached such a fevered pitch Tuesday night, Chryst put out a statement affirming his commitment to the Panthers.
So that makes five programs out of eight that have had to deal with speculation, job offers, departing coaches or a coaching search in the past four days. Four days!
We all know this league has provided "stepping-stone" jobs for more than its fair share of coaches. Big East fans get upset that their league constantly gets trashed nationally, but their coaches get poached. I understand the frustration. There might be more of it in the future, given the instability surrounding the league.
You can shake your heads and wring your hands. But this, my friends, is just a way of life in the Big East.