Coaching Vagabond Update: You're not really a football coach unless you
worked in many places and at some point been fired following a winning
Larry Coker meets these
qualifications. He coached at two high schools, then at
Tulsa, then Oklahoma State, then
Ohio State, then at Miami. As the Hurricanes'
headmaster, Coker went
60-15 and won the national
championship -- and was
fired, because boosters were furious that
Miami wasn't winning every game by 30
points. Boosters assumed that with
Miami's recruiting advantage in Florida high
schools, source of much of
college football's speed, a volunteer from the
audience could coach the
Hurricanes to a top-10 finish. Since firing Coker,
Miami is 24-18, has a
losing record in its conference and is 0-2 in bowls. But
Coker had to go; we
weren't winning every game by 30 points!
What became of the gentleman?
For the past two years, Coker has been working on
establishing a Division
I-AA football program at the University of Texas-San
Antonio. Practices began in
August, though the team does not play this year.
The Roadrunners first will
take the field on Sept. 3, 2011, versus Northeastern
of Oklahoma, then face
Bacone College and Minot State later
that year. If all
goes well, UTSA will advance to Division I sometime in the decade.
practically rolls out the red carpet for walk-ons.
If you are a
football factory college looking for cupcake opponents and
surely you are thinking, "How do I contact the University of
Some big schools have already thought of this: Arizona,
Houston, LSU and
Virginia already have scheduled UTSA, a program that's never
cupcake dates. Wouldn't it be amusing if, by Sept. 7, 2019, when
scheduled to appear at Baylor for the purpose of being pounded in front
Baylor's home fans, the Roadrunners had become a monster team? It's
Coker's résumé would lead you to expect. Unless by then the Roadrunners
already a ranked team and Coker has been fired because the boosters are
that UTSA is not winning by 30 points!