RJ’s Five Spot: Coaches who went home again
With Mike Price returning to Texas-El Paso as interim coach this week, here’s a look at some others who’ve made the journey back to their former employer.
1 John Robinson, USC: From 1976-82, he led the Trojans to three Rose Bowls, including a UPI national title in 1978. He left for the L.A. Rams but returned to the Trojans in 1993 and guided them to one Rose Bowl and one Cotton Bowl in five years.
2 Johnny Majors, Pitt: Majors rode Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett to the 1976 national championship in his fourth year at Pitt before leaving for alma mater Tennessee. The Vols were a consistent power for most of his 16 years before tailing off, and Majors returned to Pitt in 1993. His second stint didn’t go well — he was 12-32 in four years.
3 Bobby Petrino, Louisville: Was 41-9 with the Cardinals from 2003-06; left for a short stint with the Atlanta Falcons; went to Arkansas, where he led Razorbacks to Sugar and Cotton Bowl appearances; got into trouble on a motorcycle; and eventually landed back at Louisville, where the Cardinals are 4-2 and ranked No. 17 in his fourth year.
4 Mike Riley, Oregon State: Riley parlayed an 8-14 mark in two years at Oregon State to the job as head coach of the San Diego Chargers, where he went 14-34. He returned to Corvallis in 2003, leading the Beavers to 10 bowl games in 15 years before leaving for Nebraska. He’s feeling the heat in Lincoln, and maybe he ends up back at Oregon State, which is struggling mightily under Gary Andersen.
5 Randy Edsall, UConn: After leading Connecticut to five bowl appearances from 2000 to 2010, Edsall took the Maryland job (after nearly landing with the Gophers) but could muster only a pair of 7-6 records before being fired. He returned to UConn this season, and the Huskies are 1-3.