WINTER OF BLOOD, 2006
Every few years, it's time for college football to go through a bloody ritual, with several coaches sacrificed to the unquenchable appetite of boosters and alumni.
This is one of those years. As of the end of Tuesday, Larry Coker, Mike Shula, Chuck Amato, John L. Smith, Dirk Koetter, Don Strock, Dan McCarney, Jack Bicknell, John Bunting, Darrell Dickey, Walt Harris and Chris Scelfo had all been let go.
And this year, the blood runs from the "top" (cough cough) of the college football world in Miami to Tulane, who is ... not the top. It includes coaches who were perhaps given too much time (Chuck Amato) and those given not enough time (Walt Harris).
Now, it seems that the bloodletting is over, though it's conceivable that bowl games could end with another dismissal or two.
The key question is, which coaches will return? If the past is any indicator, several of these guys will just switch jobs. Smith to Stanford, for example, and Harris to Tulane. (I'm making this stuff up, so don't start any rumors.) Or somebody will go somewhere (wink wink, Rich Rod) and they will be replaced by someone from the above list. Larry Coker?