With the ouster of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, who else can name the five longest-tenured coaches in BCS leagues?
Well, everyone knows about the ancient Joe Paterno and the cheery (but still nearly as ancient) Bobby Bowden. And since a lot of loyal readers are in a Virginia Tech frame of mind, a lot of folks could quickly come up with Frank Beamer.
But after that?
The answer (by season’s end) is Oregon’s Mike Bellotti (14 seasons) and South Florida’s Jim Leavitt (12 seasons).
Technically, Fulmer (17 seasons) and retiring Purdue coach Joe Tiller (12 years) count, too. But not for much longer; both could have coached their final game at their respective school a month from now.
Here, by the way, is the list of BCS league coaches who will finish at least their ninth season this fall:
11: Mack Brown, Texas
10: Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
10: Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
10: Randy Edsall, Connecticut
10: Tommy Tuberville, Auburn
9: Mike Leach, Texas Tech
I’d be curious to see how 11 coaches out of 66 with that sort of longevity compares to, say, 10 and 25 years ago. Sounds like I have a project once I get home tonight.