You Can’t Go Home Again

Kansas State has brought Bill Snyder back out of retirement.  I just don’t think it’s a good idea.  He wasn’t exactly tearing it up when he left.

Besides, does the second time around ever work?  Mike Reilly is the only coach I can think of who did better when he came back.  Here’s a quick list of second-time failures:

Bill Walsh–Stanford

John Robinson–USC

Johnny Majors–Pitt

Dennis Erickson–Idaho

Chris Ault–Nevada

I’m sure there are more.  Retreads just aren’t the way to go.

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2 Responses to You Can’t Go Home Again

  1. Chris November 26, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    Chris Alt has done relatively well here in Nevada. He is the heart and soul of our atheletic program here. People were excited when he returned. As far as I can tell, everyone here still seems to love him. I think this is his third time as football coach?

    Much to my surprise, Nevada recently was the number one rushing team in the nation (maybe they still are). They are having a winning season. And they gave Boise St a scare last weekend.

    However the environment here is not so football crazed as it might be in the Big 12. So when it comes to national spotlight jobs, you are probably right about “retreads”.

  2. ian November 28, 2008 at 2:38 am #

    chris ault is auctually pretty sucessful