Black Monday is commonly referred to by football fans as the day after the NFL regular season when head coaches are fired. In college football, I guess you would call yesterday Black Sunday, as five head coaches were fired as their seasons have officially concluded, with no more regular season games and with only one or two of the five programs expected to play in a bowl game this season.
Here is a look at all five head coaches who were shown the door yesterday, with none of them coming as much of a surprise.
The Auburn Tigers fired Gene Chizik, less than two years removed from winning the BCS Championship. But after a winless season in SEC play, and embarrassing 49-0 blowout loss at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl and an NCAA investigation going on right now, this move came as no surprise. Still Chizik is an excellent recruiter and coach. The early timing of this move may cause some of the incoming freshmen to consider transferring. Chizik may be out at Auburn, but it should not take him long before he lands on his feet at another school.
In the ACC, we saw two head coaches fired yesterday. The North Carolina State Wolfpack will likely play in a bowl game this postseason, but they will not be led by Tom O’Brien. While he had some success with the Wolfpack, including three straight bowls, he never quite lived up to the hype after he left the Boston College Eagles. Dana Bible has been named interim head coach and will coach the Wolfpack in their bowl game.
Speaking of Boston College, the Eagles fired Frank Spaziani, which also came as no surprise. His teams were simply not competitive, actually regressing during each of the past two seasons. In all honesty, Spaziani probably was in over his head from the beginning, getting the job only due to his loyalty to the program under the school’s former athletic director. His four years will be looked upon as a dismal disappointment.
The Colorado Buffaloes fired Jon Embree after just two seasons in Boulder, but they resulted in an overall record of 4-21, so this move also came as no great surprise. The Buffs went 1-11 this season and were rarely even competitive. I find it odd that Embree was trying to blame other factors for his firing, yet his poor record cannot be overlooked.
Finally, the Purdue Boilermakers fired Danny Hope, even after he led the team to their third straight win and got them bowl eligible. It would turn out that it was still not enough to save his job past this season.