Only in America can a coach characterized as a two-faced, lying “scumbag” for his behavior running an NFL team – get fired at least in part for reaping what he sowed – then look at taking his act to the college level where he’s perceived as the next big thing.
… College players, however, benefit greatly from that kind of presence. Bobby Knight wasn’t the most pleasant guy to play for, but you’ll have a hard time finding a former player with a bad thing to say about him. Today the same thing could be said about someone like Nick Saban. The authoritarian style of coaching works better in the college ranks because not only are coaches developing football players, but they’re also developing men.
Gruden would thrive in the college ranks for that reason. He’d be allowed to be his usual maniacal self on the sidelines and in practice, and wouldn’t have to worry about primadonna players leaving through free agency or demanding trades. For the most part, if a player doesn’t like getting yelled at, he’s got two options — deal with it or quit the team and sit out for a year while you transfer. All the criticisms about Gruden switching players in and out of the lineup would virtually be gone in the college game — there’s so much roster turnover from year to year that it’s bound to happen naturally.
Being the control freak that he is, he’d have complete control over his roster. Being as persuasive as he is, he wouldn’t have a hard time recruiting big-time talent. Being the workaholic he is, he’d have a ton of success.
Makes you wonder if there’s a minor case of buyer’s remorse going on in Knoxville, Tennessee these days. If only the Vols had waited a month or so… they could have had a proven, winning asshole instead of a wannabe.