Lane Kiffin’s firing on Sunday morning has a few college coaches around the nation nervous about decreasing levels of job security. Kiffin wasn’t the only coach to be sent packing this September: Connecticut Huskies head coach Paul Pasqualoni, whose team almost upset the Michigan Wolverines a few weeks ago, was also given the axe after his team fell to 0-4 on the year.
Temple Owls head coach Matt Rhule spoke about September firings on Monday, addressing the Connecticut situation specifically:
When you start firing coaches in September, a lot of times it’s done for the public or other reasons. [Connecticut players] showed just a week ago they were responding to the coach. It seems awfully early to me, and it’s sad when it happens (USA Today Sports).
Baylor coach Art Briles also chimed in on the issue:
Just makes me thankful every day when I walk into an office that there’s a chair there. Just the nature of the business we’re in. It’s disturbing to me, and that’s just a personal point of view.
Of course, it isn’t as if September firings are common, but it’s easy to understand why the practice rubs coaches the wrong way. The expectation to win immediately can be unfair, and some teams are capable of rallying from slow starts to turn in excellent seasons. Still, a business is a business, and expect seats to grow hotter more quickly as athletic directors scramble to create top-notch football programs.
[Source: USA Today Sports]