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5 Coaches Who Never Should Have Been Fired

Coaches who should never have been fired

Coaches who should never have been fired

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I think about certain things sometimes. Like why does Texas stink, and why can’t Nebraska and Tennessee get back to elite? And then it hits me. Guys like these five should not have been fired — ever.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Bo Pelini, Nebraska

Pelini never won less than nine games in any of the seven seasons he coached at Nebraska, yet he was still summarily canned. Since then, the Huskers have seen Mike Riley go .500 in three seasons and Scott Frost fall completely flat on his face. Think they regret that one? Pelini wasn’t a nice man but he could coach.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Phil Fulmer, Tennessee

Some people will say that he held on too long, but getting rid of a legend who brought you a title is not usually the best call. And it definitely wasn't in this case. Fulmer was 152-52 in 17 seasons, but since he left they're 80-80. Maybe Josh Heupel is finally the guy to turn it around for good, but it's taken a long time.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Mack Brown, Texas

Okay, so he wasn't technically fired, just forced out, but the same thing goes. Texas has been a joke since he was given the boot, going through Charlie Strong, Tom Herman, and Steve Sarkisian as they have all struggled to find their footing and bring the program back.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Mike Leach, Texas Tech

The Pirate was fired with cause in 2009 after an incident involving receiver Adam James. The facts of what exactly went on still are a bit fuzzy but it was very clear that powerful people at the university were not big fans of his. But they should have been fans of the product he put on the field. In 10 seasons, he went 84-43, winning nine games five times. The team hasn't won nine games in a season since he was fired and James father, Craig, was as helicopter as a dad can get.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Karl Dorrell, UCLA

Dorrell was 35-28 in five seasons in Westwood, which is a very good record considering that they're little brother in their own city. So even after five consecutive bowl appearances, UCLA gave him the boot and brought in Rick Neuheisel, who completely flamed out, followed by Jim Mora Jr., who did the same. Chip Kelly has finally righted the ship, but it's taken a decade and a half.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]