The College Coaching Carousel
FSU's Jimbo Fisher offers interesting insights into the coaching profession.
This interview with Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher about his bringing on Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt offers interesting insights into the coaching profession:
My interest was piqued because I’m an Alabama guy and the AL.com guys used a clever headline, “Jimbo Fisher on interviewing Jeremy Pruitt and why Nick Saban is mad.” But it’s not really about Pruitt so much as the nature of the hiring process and the relationships that develop within the coaching fraternity.
As it turns out, Saban isn’t mad; he’s almost certainly happy that another of his coaches got a chance to move up. Happy as a human being, friend, and mentor. Happy that he’s having so much success that his coaches are so sought after. But that means having to constantly replace those guys with others who can continue the winning tradition.
Fisher comes across as quite likable here and kudos to him for allowing Pruitt to stay on at Alabama through the BCS National Championship game. His stated reason is generous: He wouldn’t want to deny that rare opportunity to Pruitt and it’s not fair to the Alabama players to lose their coach at such a critical juncture.
Alas, most coaches don’t have Fisher’s class. If I were king of the NCAA, I would put a moratorium on coaching hires until after all the bowls are over. No interviews, no nothing. Sure, that puts teams seeking to replace their coach at a severe disadvantage. But the alternative is the situation we see year after year where a coach takes a team to a major bowl game and then skips town before taking the kids to the game. That’s not fair to the kids or to the schools.