five-year contract extension at Texas State.
That’s an awfully big fall for someone who once coached Alabama. He left the
Crimson Tide after two seasons in 2001-02 for Texas A&M, bothered by NCAA
sanctions he felt torpedoed his chances of winning. Also, he disliked the
rock-star attention that came with coaching Alabama’s beloved football team.
He left some hard feelings with his abrupt departure. But he felt a coach
loses a certain amount of support each year. So no matter how much Alabama
fans loved him in 2002, he felt he should leave on his own terms, rather
than wait for the inevitable day when they wanted him out.
Franchione had the right idea. In 2002, it was hard to imagine a coach would
leave a good job willingly as Franchione did, but it also was almost
unthinkable a school would fire a coach two years after winning a national
title, as Auburn did with Gene Chizik.
Tommy Tuberville was even better at it than Franchione. He left Ole Miss and
Texas Tech for other jobs before he could be fired. At Auburn, he ³resigned²
in 2008 instead of staying and getting fired.
In the end, who can blame a coach for looking out for himself, even if all
his job hopping ends with him at a place like Texas State?
Contact Sports Editor Mark Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read "In My Opinion" in every Anniston Star sports section, written by Star staff members.