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Other One-And-Dones At Major Programs

Lane Kiffin isn’t the first college football coach to move from a program after just one year on the job.  But that doesn’t mean it happens often.  And it’s not always the coach’s choice.

Here’s an excellent bit of research on some other notable one-and-done coaches.  Below we list only those who left on their own at some point in the last 50 years or so:

Bill Parcells left Air Force after the 1978 season to become the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

Houston Nutt (there’s that name again) left Boise State after a one-year stop to take over the Arkansas job.

Steve Mariucci coached California in 1996 then jumped to the San Francisco 49ers as head coach the following season.

Sam Wyche was Indiana’s coach in 1983 before becoming the Cincinnati Bengals head coach in 1984.

Lou Saban left Maryland after a one-year stint way back in 1965 to become the head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Frank Broyles jumped from Missouri in 1957 to Arkansas (where he stayed involved in Razorback athletics for the next 50 years).

Todd Graham left Rice after 2006 to take over the job at Tulsa.

Ron Turner left San Jose State after 1992 to become the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears.

Rod Dowhower left Stanford after the 1979 season to become the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

David McWilliams left Texas Tech for Texas after 1986.

George Henshaw left Tulsa after 1987 to become the quarterback coach of the Denver Broncos.

Washington’s Darrell Royal left the Huskies for Texas after the 1956 season.

Jackie Sherrill coached Washington State in 1977, but then moved on to Pittsburgh the following season.  Sherrill was replaced by Warren Powers, but he also left after just one year to go coach Missouri.

Wyoming’s Dennis Erickson left Laramie in 1986 for Washington State.

Tennessee has had some one-and-done guys in the past, but most coached during college football’s prehistoric era — William Britton (1935), Andrew Stone (1910), SD Crawford (1904) and George Kelly (1901).

Jim McDonald coached the Vols in 1963, but he was replaced by Doug Dickey.  McDonald did stay on as part of Tennessee’s athletic department.


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