Tomorrow the beloved Greg Robinson concludes his four year stint as the head coach of the Syracuse University football program. Over that four year span, Greg has engineered 10 victories. Certainly everyone, including Greg, hoped for more. A little known side effect of this poor performance is that if you were the coach that happened to lose to Greg well.........that's a pretty good indication you aren't staying in your current position very long. Those 10 victories have come at the hands of 9 different coaches, let's take a look and see what has become of them.
Greg's sole victory in his first year was over the Buffalo Bulls, lead by ex-Syracuse assistant Jim Hohfer. At the end of the season Jimbo was fired after compiling an 8-49 record (sound familiar?). His firing ushered in the Turner Gill era, which we'll get to in just a bit.
Greg's victims in season two were Illinois lead by Ron Zook, Wyoming coached by Joe Glenn, Miami of Ohio, coached by Shane Montgomery and UConn lead by Randy Edsall. Glenn was fired this week and Montgomery could very well be next. Zook should stick around Illinois for a while based on last year's performance (which included blowing out SU in the dome) and Edsall is hotly rumored to be the next coach at Syracuse.
Teams who fell to Robinson in 2007 include Buffalo's Turner Gill and Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe. Gill is also rumored to be a candidate at Syracuse, while Kragthorpe has struggled through two season in Louisville. They are already to the point that their AD is having to publicly defend him.
With one game left in the 2008 season, coaches out witted by GRob include Northeastern coach Rocky Hager, Kragthorpe AGAIN, and Notre Dame's Charlie Weis. Hager's team acquitted itself well in the dome and he should be fine. Besides no one cares about I-AA football anyway. We've covered Kragthorpe's story, he's not getting canned this year, but he better bring it next year or he's screwed. That brings us to Charlie Weis, a man a former colleague of mine (and Notre Dame alum) dubbed "Gerry Faust in a fat suit." After last week's crushing loss to the Orange, Weis' job is in serious jeopardy, with Tim Layden today calling him overmatched.
So to review, of the coaches that have lost to Greg, two have been fired, two more could be next week, one needs a big season next year to be secure, two others could be coaching at Syracuse or somewhere else next year and the last two are relatively safe for now. By my math, that means only 22% of the coaches that lost to Greg are secure in their position.
The lesson, a loss to Greg Robinson means you should keep the movers on speed dial, because you're either getting fired or SU is considering hiring you. A funny thing that happened at Thanksgiving yesterday - my 87 year old grandmother who asked, "Why do you have to be so mean to Greg Robinson?" The answer grandma is because I care about others - Greg is causing too many guys to lose their jobs or have to move.