Three-point stance: Coaching comebacks
November, 10, 2009
Posted by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel
- Tommy West, let go by Clemson in 1998, returned as a head coach at Memphis in 2001. His Tigers, save the DeAngelo Williams years, never rose above mediocre. Memphis canned West Monday. How many coaches have successful second acts? David Cutcliffe of Duke and Frank Solich of Ohio, maybe. Ron Zook of Illinois? Jury’s out. Tulane’s Bob Toledo? UCF’s George O’Leary? Phil Fulmer and Tommy Tuberville should consider that as they read the coaching wanted ads.
- LeGarrette Blount is back at Oregon, a week later than expected. But he gets to restart his season at home instead of at Stanford. In the meantime, whatever happened to Boise State sophomore defensive end Byron Hout, whose taunt caused Blount to knock him down? He’s just fine, thank you. Hout, despite backing up junior Ryan Winterswyk, ranks third among the Broncos in both tackles for loss (5.5) and sacks (2).
- TCU moves up to fourth in the BCS but if the Horned Frogs and No. 5 Cincinnati win out, I bet they swap places. TCU will get a boost should it defeat No. 16 Utah on Saturday night. But the Horned Frogs finish with Wyoming (4-5) and New Mexico (0-9). The Bearcats have No. 25 West Virginia, Illinois and No. 12 Pittsburgh left. If Texas doesn’t satisfy the voters as it powers through a weakened Big 12, the Longhorns may find the Bearcats on their backside.