Tracking the Growth and Success of FBS African American Head Coaches: Week 10

With several bye weeks taking place for the teams on this list during week 10, things were kind of slow. The teams that were in action S*!T the bed and put up the worst combined record of the season. However now that we have surpassed week 10 it is now becoming gut check time for everyone in college football. November is when we separate the pretenders from the contenders. Several teams on this list are still alive for their respective conference championships so lets see how they did.

Combined Record (46-53)

Week 10


Charlie Strong (Louisville) – Louisville had bye week this past week and this week they head to Storrs to face 0-7 UConn. The Huskies are the worst BCS team in college football, back-to-back bye weeks for the Cardinals. (7-1)

Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) – This week A&M played the University of Texas @ El Paso. Given that they are right on the border and their record is 1-7 the might as well have been the University of Texas in Mexico. A&M rolled 57-7 and get back to conference play this week in the battle of the Maroon and white in facing Mississippi St. (7-2)

The Border of El Paso, Texas and Mexico

The Border of El Paso, Texas and Mexico

David Shaw (Stanford) – Stanford has a bye week this past Saturday to help them prep for the biggest game of the College football season to date.  In the first game this season of two legit top 5 teams (sorry Clemson), Stanford welcomes undefeated and #3 ranked Oregon to Palo Alto. As a Buckeye fan I am going to pull hard for the smart guys this coming Saturday. (7-1)

Im pulling for the smart guys this week. Lets go Stanford.

Im pulling for the smart guys this week. Lets go Stanford.

 James Franklin (Vanderbilt) – Another team another bye and this one was much-needed for the Commodores so they can re-group for the home stretch. Needing 2 wins to become bowl eligible and four games left in the season this Saturday game in the Swamp is a big one for Vanderbilt.  (4-4)

Ron English (Eastern Michigan) – Eastern Michigan sucks that is all!  (1-8)

Darrell Hazell (Purdue) – Earlier I said that UCONN was the worst BCS team in the country. Well the only reason that title doesn’t fall the Boilermakers is because in week 2 they held on to beat Indiana St. After this past weekend game versus Ohio State, Purdue hasn’t scored since October 12th. This week they welcome Iowa to town.  (1-7)

Curtis Johnson (Tulane) – I was sipping the green Kool-Aid of Tulane hard this past couple of weeks. However this past weekend the Green Wave let me down and lost to 2-6 and Florida Atlantic. Golden Boy Nick Montana must have kicked it with former FAU coach Carl Pelini before the game and rolled up a little sumthin sumthin. How else can you explain a state line that reads 7/21 for 71 yds and 3ints?  The loss dropped Tulane into a three-way tie for first place in the C-USA West Division. (6-3)

Carl Pelini resigned this weekend because he was caught smoking weed.

Carl Pelini resigned this weekend because he was caught smoking weed.

Mike London (Virginia) – A blowout loss at home to Tahj Boyd, Sammy Watkins, and Clemson was expected this past Saturday. This week they head to Chapel Hill to face a 3-5 North Carolina team. In what might be the only chance remaining this season for UVA to pick up another win. (2-7)

Garrick McGee (UAB) – It was a tough home loss Saturday for UAB as they lost to Middle Tennessee St 24-21. The 2013 UAB team is trail blazing this program into obscurity.  (2-6)

Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina) – It was difficult making this list and discussing 5 straight losses by the teams above coach McNeill’s team. However I knew the Pirates came through with a win. They defeated FIU 34-13 and control their own destiny for the C-USA East division title. (6-2)

Willie Taggart (South Florida) – USF fought hard in its loss Thursday to Houston. Coach Taggart can take pride in the fact that even though his team is not very good it is fighting and playing tough week in and week out. They have a bye this week before taking on the Tigers of University of Memphis.  (2-6)


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